B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company

Our Story

  • 1950

    Bruce Cohn moves with family from Chicago to Sonoma County

  • 1974

    Bruce Cohn purchases land and vineyard that would become Olive Hill Estate, begins selling grapes to local wineries

  • 1978

    Charlie Wagner of Caymus Vineyards family, encourages Bruce to ask for vineyard designation on wines made with his grapes

  • 1980

    Gundlach-Bundschu Olive Hill Cabernet selected by the White House as a gift to China, representing a stellar example of a California red wine.

  • 1984

    Founding of B.R. Cohn Winery. First winemakers include Helen Turley, Merry Edwards, and Steve MacRostie.

  • 1990

    Founded B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company

  • 2018
    Marco DiGiulio - Winemaker

    Current winemaker, Glenn Hugo, joins B.R. Cohn

Music Influences

Winery founder Bruce Cohn was introduced to the music industry at an early age. Prior to moving west from Chicago, Illinois, his father sang Italian Arias and his mother was known to have sung with Frank Sinatra in the Chicago nightclub scene. In 1956, the family relocated to the Bay Area and settled in Sonoma County. While at college, studying broadcasting and communications, Bruce became intimately involved with the San Francisco music scene, running a music rehearsal studio by day and serving as a television engineer at night. It was around this time, in 1970, that Bruce met and became the manager of the Doobie Brothers, which he managed for 45 years as they climbed the charts into Rock-n-Roll stardom.

Agricultural Retreat

In 1974, to keep some sanity and preserve his family's quality of life, Bruce purchased an old dairy in Glen Ellen. With a drive to cultivate the existing vineyard, Bruce soon became intensely involved with all aspects of growing grapes, mentored by Charlie Wagner of Caymus. A decade after taking ownership of the land and having great success selling grapes to other wineries, Bruce founded B.R. Cohn Winery in 1984.

Award Winning Wines & Olive Oils

After selling the grapes from his Olive Hill Estate for many years and seeing the numerous awards the wines made with his fruit were receiving, Bruce began producing his own wines in 1984. Charlie Wagner then bestowed the greatest honor upon the winery, permitting the use of Caymus' trademarked "Special Selection" on the best lots from the estate. B.R. Cohn Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the entire portfolio, continues to receive strong reviews and accolades.

In the 1990, Bruce embarked on the journey of processing the olives at the Olive Hill Estate, creating California's first single estate olive oil in over a century, and founding the B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company. Today we produce a selection of olive oils and wine vinegars, which are sold alongside our wines at the estate, as well as in select gourmet shops.

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