DuPuis

  • Mendocino, California, United States

DuPuis Wines is a dream realized by the former winemaker of Copain Wines, Wells Guthrie.

Founded in 1999 by Wells, Copain became well known for cool climate, elegant wines from the Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast. The old world, balanced style of Copain was unusual yet much needed during the time of “big flavor” in California, and it put Copain on the map for lovers of Pinot Noir from Europe.

After 20 years as winemaker, Wells sold the estate and started DuPuis, refocusing his efforts on showcasing the distinct terroirs of the Anderson Valley. He purchased a 40-acre mountain estate in 2019, high above Boonville in the Anderson Valley, where he built a small winery and planted seven acres of Pinot Noir. In addition to the estate vineyard, Wells purchases fruit from some of the top organically farmed sites in the area, such as Wendling, Abel, and Ferrington.

When it comes to vineyard practices and winemaking, Wells takes an old world, hands off approach, meaning organic farming, natural fermentations (both primary and ML), and neutral vessels. No new oak is used on any of the wines.

Wells began learning about viticulture and vinification in France while working at wineries in the Rhone Valley and Burgundy, and during that time he earned the nickname “Puis”, which roughly translates to “Wells”. Hence, the name DuPuis, meaning “of Wells”.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB3229-19
DuPuis Chardonnay Ferrington Vineyard
2019
Chardonnay
Alluvial soils of igneous, metamorphic & sedimentary rocks. Vines planted in 1998. The grapes were foot tread to extract phenolics from... Read More
United States

DB3254-18
DuPuis Pinot Noir Abel Vineyard
2018
Pinot Noir
Weathered shale soils with iron rich clay. Vines planted in 1997. Fermentation and aging in neutral French oak.
United States

DB3255-18
DuPuis Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard
2018
Pinot Noir
Shale and sandstone soils. Vines planted in 2009.
United States

DB3253-18
DuPuis Pinot Noir “Le Benedict”
2018
Pinot Noir
A tribute to the late, great Ned Benedict who was a close friend of Wells. The fruit comes from multiple vineyards in the “deep end” of the... Read More
United States

DB3256-18
DuPuis Syrah Baker Ranch
2018
Syrah
Sandstone and shale soils. Vines planted in 2000 at 1200 feet. 100% whole cluster and aged in neutral oak. Received just 10ppm SO2 just... Read More
United States