Katie Bundschu, Vice President, Marketing and Sales
As a sixth generation vintner Katie Bundschu always knew she would be involved in wine. It just took some time for her to determine when. As a youngster she was involved in various aspects of the business, including pruning and tying vines, harvesting grapes and working in both the tasting room and marketing department. Katie returned on a full-time basis to her family business in April of 2012, first as the winery’s Marketing Manager where she coordinated all marketing efforts for the multiple channels at the winery, and, in 2015, she stepped into the role of Vice President, Marketing & Sales.
“I am truly honored and often times overwhelmed by the amount of pride I feel being a member of the Bundschu family. Not many people wake up and go to work with five members of their immediate family every day.”
Prior to joining her family’s winery, she was working in higher education, specifically in fundraising and donor relations for the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Colorado, Boulder (her alma-mater). During this time she was able to refine her communication skills and was given the opportunity to work with individuals from all walks of life. However, even while working in higher education, she often found herself playing the role of marketing coordinator for Gun Bun. Katie Bundschu hopes to continue the legacy and history of her family by creating distinctive, iconic wines that define the highest standards in Sonoma, all while having fun and enjoying the process along the way.
“I am constantly inspired by the dedication and resolve of my family throughout the generations. I take pride in my family history and want to be sure to share it with anyone who can appreciate not only an amazing bottle of wine, but the story that accompanies it.”
More recently in fall of 2016, Katie launched her own wine brand called Abbot’s Passage. This boutique collection features small-lot, co-fermented field blends sourced from storied family vineyards in Sonoma and beyond.
In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, skiing, reading a good book, catching a college football game, appreciating a good bottle of wine and spending time with her black lab, Bacchus.