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Clos du Bois didn’t start small and build up like many other wineries - it started with a bang. When it produced its first vintage in 1974, it already had 520 acres under vine in Alexander Valley, part of Sonoma County. When Frank Woods was coming up with the name for his winery, he thought of “Woods Winery,” obviously named after himself, but his children had something else in mind. They were taking French at the time, and instead of “Woods Winery,” they thought of “Clos du Bois,” which loosely translates to “enclosure in the woods.” Obviously the name stuck, and Clos du Bois was born.

Since then, Clos du Bois has come a long way. From 520 acres, the winery has expanded to 925 acres of their own, along with many partnerships with other wineries. Instead of partnering with a few, large vineyards, the winery works with many small- and medium-sized growers across numerous appellations. Most of the grapes it purchases from other vineyards are from Sonoma County, but some come from Coastal California as well. Erik Olsen, their current winemaker, joined in June 2003, and has since taken those grapes and made them into very well-received wines.
– Description from Kyle Graynor

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Clos du Bois crafted its first vintage in 1974 from 520 acres of grapes in Sonoma County's then little-known Alexander Valley. Since that time the Alexander Valley has become one of the world's most prestigious wine producing regions. Clos du Bois has also become one of the region's most renowned wineries, famous for elegant, soft and approachable wines. The name, in case you wondered, reportedly originates from founder Frank Woods' plan to name the new winery "Woods Vineyard." His children, who were studying French at the time, suggested the more exotic "Clos du Bois" instead, which loosely translates to "enclosure in the woods." The winery's premier releases in 1974 featured the Classic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, along with a proprietor's reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. We introduced the Vineyard Designates program in 1978 with our red Bordeaux-style blend, Marlstone and Briarcrest. The whites, Calcaire and Flintwood, joined the series in 1979 and 1980. We added Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc to the Sonoma County Classic tier in the 1980s. Zinfandel rounded out that series in the early 1990s as the first wine added to the portfolio after the winery moved to its current Alexander Valley location, just outside the tiny town of Geyserville. In the 1990s we created our special Appellation Reserve Series to explore the taste subtleties of particular wine growing regions — or appellations. That series launched with our Alexander Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in 1994, followed over the next three years by the Alexander Valley Reserve Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, and Tempranillo. The Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir completed the series in 2002. Since 2000, Clos du Bois has released the Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir, Dry Creek Valley Reserve Zinfandel, Alexander Valley Reserve Shiraz and Classic Shiraz. The Tasting Room has offered visitors access to the winery-exclusive Alexander Valley Reserve Fume Blanc and Malvasia Bianca. Our Reserve Chardonnay is now sourced from the Russian River Valley, bringing a stylish new flavor profile to this wine. And all of our wines — from Classics to Marlstone — sport elegant new labels, a mark of the continued refinement of our winemaking style. With warm sun and cool breezes in just the right measure, and exceptionally diverse soil types, the beautiful, 20-mile-long basin known as the Alexander Valley is a winemaker's paradise — and our home. Just over an hour north of San Francisco, in northern Sonoma County, Clos du Bois proudly carries on an Alexander Valley winemaking tradition that, for us, stretches back more than 30 years. A tradition of the highest quality grapes and the finest round, supple wines. A tradition you can taste in every bottle of Clos du Bois. Tasting Room # Open from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM # Closed on major holidays – Description from Nerevar

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