America's House of Sparkling Wine
In 1965, Jack and Jamie Davies established Schramsberg
as a sparkling wine estate on the property originally founded in 1862 by German immigrant Jacob Schram. At a time when there were only 21 wineries in Napa Valley and fewer than 50 acres of California vineyard planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they set out to make world-class sparkling wine in the true Méthode Traditionnelle
style. Theirs was the first California winery to provide a Blanc de Blancs in 1965 followed by a Blanc de Noirs in 1967. Now their son Hugh Davies, who was born the same year the Davies arrived at Schramsberg, leads the winery’s management and winemaking team.
Schramsberg uses the Méthode Traditionnelle technique to create its nine distributed sparkling wines: the signature vintage dated Reserve and J. Schram; the classic vintage dated Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rosé and Crémant; and the multi-vintage Mirabelle and Mirabelle Rosé. Since the 2001 vintage, the winery also produces the J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, made exclusively from grapes grown in the Schramsberg estate vineyards on Diamond Mountain.
Producing just 60,000 cases annually, Schramsberg Vineyards is focused on the finest and most complex hand-crafted sparkling wines in California. Schramsberg’s premium wines are crafted in very limited quantities: an average of 1,500 cases of J. Schram and 1,000 cases of Schramsberg Reserve are made each year. Rivaling the best of Champagne, Schramsberg wines are clear favorites amongst wine professionals in blind tastings conducted annually.
Most of Schramsberg’s viticultural and winemaking practices are carried out by hand: grapes are hand-harvested, the wines are handcrafted, and the bottles are stacked and riddled in underground caves. The J. Schram, Schramsberg's top Chardonnay offering is even hand-labeled.
Schramsberg Vineyards blends Pinot Noir and Chardonnay harvested from a broad array of cool-climate vineyard sources, including Napa-Carneros, Sonoma-Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, and the Marin Coastal area. The winemakers draw from over 90 individual vineyards to create over 200 base wines each year. These wines are then used to create Schramsberg’s distinctive sparkling wines.
Unique among California sparkling wine houses, Schramsberg ferments 25 percent of its juice in oak barrels to produce rich, flavorful, complex wines. In its top two sparkling wines, the J. Schram
and Schramsberg Reserve
, 40 percent of the components are barrel-fermented.
Schramsberg Vineyards has an innovative reserve wine barrel-aging program, aging small lots of wine for up to six years. Limited quantities of these aged wines are then incorporated to give depth and complexity to the finished product. The Mirabelle Brut and Mirabelle Brut Rosé, multi-vintage sparklers, contain 25 percent of these exquisite wines.
As many as 2.7 million bottles are aged for two to seven years in Schramsberg’s hillside caves. These historic caves were dug into volcanic rock in the 1880’s by Chinese laborers and currently cover 34,000 square feet. They maintain a consistent temperature and humidity, an environment that is paramount in the flavor development of sparkling wines.
The Schramsberg estate is tucked into Napa Valley’s famed Diamond Mountain, a few miles south of the town of Calistoga. Tall trees and lush vegetation surround this registered historic landmark, painstakingly restored by the Davies family. A Victorian house built by Jacob Schram in 1889, the winery, an old barn and historic caves hand-dug by Chinese laborers in the 1880's remain virtually unchanged since Schram’s days. The Schramsberg estate totals 217 acres with 43 acres planted to vines.
Starting with President Nixon’s Toast to Peace with China in 1972 to President Barak Obama’s White House Dinner for Bilateral Chairpersons of the Congressional Committees, every presidential administration has served Schramsberg’s sparkling wines during official functions.
Please raise a glass in celebration of the 50 year anniversary of a truly world class sparkling wine producer. Schramsberg is the embodiment of luxury, ingenuity and an unwavering pursuit of quality. The entire range of wines is a pleasure to drink and a true celebration of the American Spirit.