Rudolph enjoyed success as a winemaker in Europe. In 1914, his Surfine Champus was awarded the highest honor at the National Exhibition in Berne. Consequently, he manufactured this exact same formula — a sparkling wine — under the Columbia Wineries label.
Fred Weibel Jr., grandson of Rudolph, said Rudolph worked in Clark County for three to four years before moving to San Francisco, where he made sparkling wine in the basement of the William Tell Hotel.
Fred Jr. added that his grandfather produced eau de vie, kirsch, Poire Williams and other distilled spirits in towns around Switzerland, so it’d be fair to assume he helped produce similar products for Columbia Wineries, though his efforts were primarily focused on fruit and berry wines as well as producing his own sparkling formula.
Rudolph went on to establish Weibel Family Vineyards & Winery in California, which is now located in the Central Valley town of Woodbridge and operated by Fred Jr.
Working in the lab
The second winemaker on record, Georges Bouhey, brought with him a family. Grandson Georges M. Bouhey said his father, Georges F., and mother, Artie, operated the winery with Anderegg and that — together with his older sister — they lived in a house on the property for the three to five years that George Sr. served as winemaker.