Greg Boeger Receives A Congressional Commendation for Wine

Founder of Boeger Winery in Sierra Foothill’s El Dorado Wine Region, is acknowledged by

Congressman John Garamendi.

El Dorado Wine Region, CA. (October 24, 2018)

Greg Boeger, founder and owner of Boeger Winery in Placerville, El Dorado County, CA. has been awarded a Congressional Commendation for Wine by Congressman John Garamendi.  A Congressional Commendation “officially recognizes outstanding public achievements” by the people who live in the Congressman’s district.  “Greg Boeger has played a significant role in the history of California wine and I commend him for his dedication and contributions to the Golden State.” -John Garamendi, Member of Congress, 3rd District, CA. The Commendation follows another significant acknowledgment earlier this year awarded by the California State Fair – the prestigious Wine Lifetime Achievement Award honoring pioneers of the California wine industry.  Since the early 1970’s Greg Boeger has worked tirelessly to develop and bring prominence to the El Dorado wine region.

As a modern pioneer in El Dorado, Greg experimented with varietals such as Barbera, Carignane, Refosco, Charbono, and Aglianico in the rugged and mostly uncharted Sierra Foothills wine region. Aside from experimenting to find suitable grape varietals, Greg’s contributions include working with county and state Ag commissions and UC Davis to define growing regions and establish specific winegrowing districts within the county. Along with a few other 1970’s pioneers of the region, he served as non-official consultant to a growing cadre of vintners coming to the region. Greg and a handful of early El Dorado vintners were instrumental in formation of the El Dorado Winery Association in 1988, the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association in 1986 and in 1983 the establishment of El Dorado County an American Viticulture Area.

Greg grew up around agriculture in Northern California including working in his grandfather’s Nichelini Winery, where he developed his knowledge of grape growing and winemaking. After graduating from UC Davis, Greg and his wife, Sue purchased 70-acres just east of Placerville in an area now known as Apple Hill, establishing the first post-Prohibition winery in the El Dorado AVA in 1972.  The estate was originally a Gold Rush era winery and farm which operated until prohibition. The winery boasts 1880’s California Heritage Zinfandel vines and those early vineyards planted by Greg Boeger in 1973. Boeger Winery is a popular destination for wine lovers who enjoy a snapshot of the county’s history and for its selection of intriguing varietals such as Barbera, Tempranillo, and mountain grown Pinot Noir. Greg and Sue Boeger’ s children, Lexi and Justin have joined their parents in significant management roles at the winery.

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