Buoncristiani Family Winery

Napa Valley AVA

A collection of stunning wines from Napa Valley


Buoncristiani Family Winery is about as family-oriented as possible, with four Buoncristiani brothers involved in its operation. Brothers Matt, Jay, Aaron and Nate are the winery’s founders, owners, and only employees, something that is somewhat of a rarity in today’s wine world.

The winemaking tradition in the Buoncristiani family can actually be traced back to the late 19th century to the brothers’ great, great grandfather Nonno Angelo who lived in the small town of Orentano, in Italy’s famed Toscana (Tuscany) region. In the early 1930’s, the brothers’ great grandfather immigrated with his family to the United States, bringing with him the tradition of home winemaking – a practice that has stayed a part of the Buoncristiani family ever since.

The brothers’ father, Robert, started making wines in his two-car Napa garage a number of years ago and in 1995, the four brothers started to formulate a plan. They decided to work together to attempt to produce a commercial wine that would carry the Buoncristiani family name. By 1999, the family garage had become a bonded winery, among the smallest on record in either Napa or all of California. Just two short years later, Buoncristiani Family Winery released its first 300 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Today, each of the brothers hold a definitive role in the Buoncristiani Family Winery – Matt serves as the managing partner, Jay is the winemaker, Aaron assists with winemaking and offers his artwork for the wine labels, and Nate collaborates on marketing and sales. Together, they produce a collection of stunning wines from Napa Valley and have garnered a number of prestigious accolades and awards for their efforts. The incredible success of this small family winery is a tribute to their resoluteness and indisputable desire to carry on their family’s winemaking tradition.


Jay Buoncristiani - Partner, Winemaker & Brother

Dear Platinum Series Members,

It is with great pleasure that my brothers and I contribute again to the Platinum Series of the Gold Medal Wine Club. Our Napa Syrah program has been in our portfolio since 2001, and the 2007 is a stunner. I encourage you to pop it open with your beloved buddies that really enjoy big and balanced red wines, especially Syrah...or even better yet, pop it open with those great pals of yours that maybe don’t usually dig Syrah and prepare to wow them with the layers of complexity and YUM FACTOR that our Buoncristiani Artistico Syrah possesses year in and year out.

Speaking of years, this particular vintage is made of the kind of stuff that rattles my happy synapses and blankets me with that warm, proud feeling of accomplishment. Bottom line, my bros and I feel very strongly that this bottle of wine showcases what really great Napa Syrah is all about. The proof’s in the pudding we like to say, so pop the cork and prepare to smile...or do what we do, lay it down for 10 years and discover how the wine continues to evolve.

By the way, a side note about the label art. We created the series “Artistico” to fuse winemaking passion with other forms of art expression. The name gives homage to the fact that wine blending is an art form, and each year is different, so we have a different art piece on the label every vintage. The ’07 label is graced with a painting by one of the brothers, Aaron Buoncristiani, titled The Gift. Hope you enjoy the full package, Cheers!

Warm Regards,

Jay Buoncristiani Owner/Winemaker