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Bourassa Vineyards, Napa

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Growing up in Worcester, Massachusetts, Victor Bourassa learned winemaking from one of his Italian-immigrant grandfathers and inherited an entrepeneurial spirit from the other. The former made wine from grapes that he purchased at street markets; the latter built a grocery store from the ground up. Vic’s father eventually ran the store, operated a gas station and worked as a contractor-builder. Along the way, Vic learned to appreciate the value of hard work, optimism, integrity and tradition.

After serving in the Navy in Vietnam, Vic moved to Southern California. He earned his commercial pilot’s license from Orange Coast College, then made a career out of working in real estate and start-up companies. He visited the Napa Valley for the first time in the early 1980s and moved there permanently in 1996. He worked in a couple of wineries, took wine-related classes at UC Davis and Napa Valley College, and became an avid home winemaker and president of the Napa Valley Home Winemakers Association.

Then, in 1999, lightning struck. Vic recalls the bolt out of the blue.

“Robert Mondavi came to my house, introduced by a friend. We sat down in my backyard with some bruschetta and a bottle of 1998 Pinot Noir. I had made the wine in a funky little hand press. I bottled it that day and a made a label on my computer. So there we were, Robert Mondavi and I, drinking my wine and eating bruschetta.

“I had a glass, and he had one. Then, he had another…and another. After he finished the bottle, he declared that I should be making wine commercially. When I said I thought it was too late to start, he told me that he hadn’t begun until he was 52, and look what he’d accomplished. He basically took away my excuse – at 50 years of age.”

In October 2003 Vic released his first commercial vintage, the 2001 Bourassa Harmony3, a complex Bordeaux-style blend made from valley-floor Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Howell Mountain Cabernet Franc.

Today Vic continues to grow Bourassa Vineyards while raising a glass to toast his straightforward philosophy: Celebrate life!
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  • WOW, what a great unexpected experience. Once inside you would never know you are in a warehouse in an industrial park. Not only are the wine good, but Vic Bourassa proprietor makes the experience a.....  more
    WOW, what a great unexpected experience. Once inside you would never know you are in a warehouse in an industrial park. Not only are the wine good, but Vic Bourassa proprietor makes the experience a.....  more »
  • Do not let the location fool you! This is a gem of a wine experience. The time we spent with Vic was the most informative and enjoyable of all our winery visits. Let's not forget the wine!! Some.....  more
    Do not let the location fool you! This is a gem of a wine experience. The time we spent with Vic was the most informative and enjoyable of all our winery visits. Let's not forget the wine!! Some.....  more »
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  • What a fun time we had at Bourassa Vineyards. The tasting rooms are comfortable and decorated with lots of interesting artifacts, and our hostess couldn't have been more charming and knowledgable. The owner Vic stopped by to chat and is an entertaining guy. We even went to lunch with him after our tasting and had a great time.
  • I've been tasting at Bourassa multiple times and have always had the same great experience each time. Friendly staff and great wines all around, not to mention it's a convenient location coming to or going from Napa!

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