Abbot’s Passage, a new project from sixth-generation vintner Katie Bundschu, is a collection of small-lot, co-fermented field blends sourced from storied vineyards within Sonoma.
The name pays homage to an abbot from Mount La Salle Christian Brothers who, according to local legend, trekked weekly from Napa into Sonoma along an ancient native american footpath – a wild, heavily wooded ridgeline passing through the current Bartholomew Park Vineyard – to reach his favorite watering hole.
Leveraging 30 years of single-vineyard sourcing, this concept represents our family’s pioneering pursuit of discovery – our quest to survey the peaks and valleys of Sonoma to discover its most distinctive vineyard sites from which to make inimitable, character-rich field blends.
Our inaugural collection includes four distinctive field blends expertly crafted by Winemaker Anne Dempsey from singular Sonoma vineyards, each highlighting a unique dirt and climate story. Each wine bears a unique name reflective of its style, origins and provenance: Redshift, Points Unknown, The Crossing and Due West.
Sixth generation vintner, Katie Bundschu, has always chartered her own path in life. After college, she pursued a decade-long career in higher education before returning to the family business in 2012. Given her adventurous spirit and driving quest for discovery, Katie was keen to start a new project that branched out from the family vineyard and showcased her family’s longstanding knowledge of Sonoma Valley. Such was born Abbot’s Passage in 2016, with the vision to highlight notable but often-overlooked vineyards across Sonoma, and potentially beyond.