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TALWines in partnership with Besson Family Vineyards.

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Over the past few years, many challenges have been introduced to the Bay Area, including the California wildfires and COVID-19—leading to financial hardships for farmers, students, and their families. The Touch-A-Life Foundation has partnered with Besson Family Vineyards, a premium winemaker, to give back to these people in need.

Purchase a three or six bottle box of wines from Besson Family Vineyards and 25% of your purchase will go back to the Touch-A-Life Foundation to directly support local farmers in need who have been affected by California wildfires and COVID-19, as well as students within the California School Districts, who are in need of housing, clothing, food, or supplies assistance.

About TALWines

For $250 or $500, you will receive a premium box of three or six of their selected wines from Besson Family Vineyards.

25% of the purchase will go back to the Touch-A-Life Foundation to directly support local farmers in need who have been affected by California wildfires and COVID-19, as well as students within the East Side Union High School District, who are in need of housing, clothing, food, or supplies assistance.

With some of the oldest vineyards in Santa Clara County today, Besson Family Vineyards is the home to acres of Chardonnay, Grenache, Mission, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel.

These grapes have been used in many award-winning wines produced by such wineries as Birichino, I. Brand, David Bruce, Bonny Doon, Calera, Orin Swift, and Sarah’s Vineyard. For the first time in its nearly 100-year history, the boutique winery is bottling under the family name offering, direct-to-consumer red, and white premium wines. Enjoy an exclusive gift box of premium Besson Estate Wines today.

Estate Grown Wine Selections

Purchase select premium wines from Besson Family Vineyards to support your local farmers and students in need.

In the unlikely event that a particular wine selection is currently unavailable, a substitute of similar style and of equal or greater value will be supplied in your shipment.

  • Mixed

    $250 Mixed

    Rated 0 out of 5
    $250.00

    Try a little bit of everything and awaken your palate with a mixed batch of premium whites and reds.

    2020 Estate Chardonnay, 2019 Estate Red Blend Melange Rouge, 2019 Estate Pinot Noir

    Add to cart
  • Reds

    $250 Reds

    Rated 0 out of 5
    $250.00

    Enjoy the rich and smooth flavor of Besson’s red…

    2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Lining, 2019 Estate Red Blend Melange Rouge, 2019 Estate Pinot Noir

    Add to cart
  • Whites

    $250 Whites

    Rated 0 out of 5
    $250.00

    Enjoy our light, crisp white selection perfect for outside sipping, and summer nights.

    2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Picpoul Blanc, 2020 Estate Chardonnay

    Add to cart
  • Mixed

    $500 Mixed

    Rated 0 out of 5
    $500.00

    Try a little bit of everything and awaken your palate with a mixed batch of premium whites and reds.

    2020 Estate Rose, 2020 Estate Chardonnay, 2019 Picpoul Blanc, 2019 Estate Red Blend Melange Rouge, 2019 Estate Pinot Noir, 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Lining

    Add to cart
  • Reds

    $500 Reds

    Rated 0 out of 5
    $500.00

    Enjoy the rich and smooth flavor of Besson’s red…

    2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Lining, 2019 Estate Syrah , 2019 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel The Centurion, 2019 Estate Red Blend Melange Rouge, 2018 Malbec, 2019 Estate Pinot Noir

    Add to cart
  • Whites

    $500 Whites

    Rated 0 out of 5
    $500.00

    Enjoy our light, crisp white selection perfect for outside sipping, and summer nights.

    2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Picpoul Blanc, 2020 Estate Chardonnay, 2020 Estate Stainless Steel Chardonnay, Blanc de Trois California Sparkling Wine, 2020 Estate Rose

    Add to cart

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Customers Reviews

5/5
Besson's ancient vines are remarkable. The Zin and Grenache and their origins are lost in the midst of time. Mostly still original vines. Vines that have seen multiple world wars, babies born, generations past. You can't recreate that, they're priceless.
Tim Slater
BFV Customer
5/5
One of the best loving families in the world! Excellent wine, gorgeous winery! The knowledge and history of Gilroy is right here! The Besson family history is something really special and inspiring. I'm so grateful to be able to share in that history and experience with every bottle.
Kimberley C
BFV Customer
5/5
Incredible wines, inspiring story. The Besson Family Vineyards experience is one to write home about. Such a beautiful location, delicious wine and lovely tasting experience and I love that with every bottle I know I am making a difference with my donation to TAL.
Jason D
Wine Connoisseur

FAQ's

TALWines is currently available to California residents only. We hope to expand to other states soon. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Shipping lead times are approximately 3-5 business days from the time your order is received.

Yes, absolutely! TALWines from Besson Family Vineyards make for an excellent gift with love going into every bottle made by the Besson family, your gift will embody the love, kindness and inspiration that the Besson family story and mission bring. Note that all wine must be signed for by an adult 21 or older upon delivery.

This is why we ask for your phone number. If there are any problems with the delivery of your wine, the carrier will contact you with details to reschedule the delivery or arrange for a pick-up at a carrier facility. And remember, the signature of an adult 21 or older is required to pick up wine.

By purchasing Besson Family Vineyards wine through TALWines, Besson donates 25% of your purchase to the general Touch-A-Life Foundation fund set up to support local farmers and low-income students in need. These funds help support regular partnerships with McKinney-Vento programs in the Bay Area, Food Pantries and more. Learn more about the Touch-A-Life Foundation mission here.

No, you are actually purchasing wine from Besson Family Vineyards who is donating 25% of that purchase to TAL. However, donations made to TAL directly through TALGiving are Tax deductible.

Paypal, credit card and debit card (visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express) payments are accepted.

Order online through https://touchalife.org/TALWines. Make your purchase selection and fill out a quick form with relevant billing and shipping information. You will receive a confirmation email after your purchase is processed.

If you experience any issues with the website or the order you have placed you can write us at talwines@touchalife.org

The Besson Family

Jean Auguste Besson 1925

The Immigrant

A French Immigrant, Jean Auguste Besson wanted a better life in America.  A local farmer and shoe salesman, Besson quite possibly never could have imagined the legacy he would leave behind.  Five generations later, the family grows stronger roots and is proud of being Besson. Pictured from L to R, son Joffree Besson, Jean Auguste Besson, wife Marie, and son George Besson on the home property in Gilroy, CA.

George Besson Sr.

The Patriarch

Born on the property, George Besson Sr. was one of three children. His earliest recollections were that the ranch supplied the family with everything it needed. Fruit off the fruit trees, milk from the cow, homemade butter and cheese, vegetables out of the garden, and grapes for the wine. It’s no wonder that the Besson family appreciates the value of hard work , living off the land, and the historical significance of all that have lived on it.

George Besson Jr. & wife Martha

The Farmer & Viticulturist

The Name George so aptly means Farmer of the Land. With his faithful wife Martha by his side, George Besson Jr. has been tending the Vineyards for over four decades. Well respected in the local wine industry, Besson is known for his meticulous care of each varietal and his consistency and uncompromising quality year after year. When asked about farming, Besson says, “It’s in my blood. I’d have it no other way.”

Denise Besson & James Fahey

The Next Stage of Business

This power couple has envisioned and initiated an entirely new direction for Besson Family Vineyards. A genuine interest in producing quality wines takes precedence with the petite boutique winery. Coupling that with a community focus and vine to wine experience, they invite you for a private intimate tasting and are excited to share with you BFV wines.

 

Michael Sr.

The Keeper of the Vines

Because it’s a family affair, Besson Family Vineyards is proud to have Michael as their full time foreman for nearly 20 years. His knowledge of the vines at all stages in the year combined with hand tended care and quality control, there’s no wonder BFV’s grapes are so well revered in the local wine industry.

Accompanying Michael on the tractor is his loyal companion Nena.

 

Winery Cat

Wyatt

Rodents Beware! Whether a mole, mouse, or gopher, Winery Wyatt has been known to take care of business on a feline level! If you come to a private tasting, you’ll likely get to meet Wyatt!