The winery, which has 460 hectares under vine in Contra Costa County and Sonoma County, was established in 1982. The founder, Fred Cline, began his winery by cultivating Rhone varieties and Zinfandel on vines dating back to 1906. The family moved their winemaking operations to Carneros Valley in the 1990s, following which they adopted sustainable farming and built the largest solar paneled winery in California.
“I am thrilled to be bringing Cline Cellars, already well established in the UK, into our portfolio,” said Boutinot’s Alex Gittens. “While others in California were focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in the ‘80s, Fred Cline saw the potential of Rhone varieties and Zinfandel in his vineyards. He has always worked to tread a tricky, but highly rewarding line – producing wines which have all the appealing, ripe fruit you might expect from California but in an authentic, terroir-driven style. Today his range runs the full gamut from full, blood thirsty fruit bombs to the finer, oak influenced examples which combine power, finesse and class.”
Boutinot can now offer a range of Cline Cellars wines to independent retailers including Lodi Zinfandel, North Coast Viognier, Nancy’s Vines Zinfandel, Ancient Vines Mourvedre and Live Oak Zinfandel.