Dog/wine lovers have their Wine Dogs of Napa and Wine Dogs of Sonoma books. Wine Dogs of Washington, too.
Well, step aside pups … the winery trucks are rolling in.
Wine Country Trucks of Napa & Sonoma Counties by Lisa A. Harris offers truly gorgeous photos of vintage trucks, working or not, at a variety of wineries. And delightful commentary about each one.
There’s Mayo Family Winery’s 1931 Chevrolet pickup, gifted to Jeffrey Mayo at age 16 by his dad. Jeffrey lovingly restored it at his high school auto shop class. It still has its original six-cylinder, 24-horsepower engine.
Or how about Old Yeller, the 1953 Chevrolet 3100 Series pickup that taught all the kids at Sonoma’s Beltane ranch to drive a stick shift, when it wasn’t acting as a prop for LL Bean, William Sonoma and NapaStyle.
Then there’s Gundlach Bundschu, the oldest family-owned winery in California with one of the oldest trucks,
a 1927 Chevrolet one-ton. Jim Bundschu’s grandfather used it to deliver grapes, oats, hay and pears to market. It helped Jim learn to drive in 1955, “when his father, Towle, instructed him to drive across a field littered with baled hay and to avoid the bales, which he mostly did.”
We hope you’re getting the picture–Lisa has a great fondness for trucks and has found a mother lode in wine country.
Know a guy you’d like to introduce to wine?
Here’s the perfect vehicle.