Bougetz Cellars | About Us
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Thomas Bougetz

Thomas Bougetz is the winemaker behind Bougetz Cellars and while working with vineyard owners throughout Northern California, he is constantly looking for new sources of fruit from well-established and well known vineyards. While his background is in Science and Technology, his interests in wine led him back to school to study winemaking at the Northwest Wine Academy in Seattle.

Quality can only be achieved if you start with great fruit. This philosophy has been paramount in selecting which vineyards are the sources used to showcase our amazing wines. Our emphasis is on Napa Valley, with vineyard sources in the mountains as well as the valley floor. Spending time in the vineyards, and working closely with the vineyard management teams provides us with the best opportunity for ideal fruit arriving at the winery during harvest.

While our emphasis is on Bordeaux varieties from Napa Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabern Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), we do cross the mountains into Sonoma to source Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley). The ultimate goal is to deliver well-balanced wines that express the true nature of the fruit and site.

General Manager

Jennelle Manzanares

Although Jennelle was born and raised in Southern California she had never felt at home until she moved to Napa in 2004. After a few years of living in Napa and having experience in sales and marketing, her grandfather asked her to join the family business — Hartwell Vineyards
At Hartwell Vineyards Jennelle managed off premise sales in California and worked with distributors nationwide to help expand brand awareness. While at Hartwell she also had the opportunity to work the 2010 harvest as a cellar intern. This helped cure her inquisitive mind on the process of winemaking… “How does it go from fruit on a vine to this amazing glass of wine?” Now she knows.

Jennelle noticed there was a need for a California based wine broker who focused solely on boutique and small lot wine brands. This is where I met her, as Jennelle represented Bougetz Cellars in the Southern California market. With a little pressure, I was able to convince her to come aboard, and focus completely on the wines we produce.