St. Helena, CA (October 9, 2012) – J. Davies Estate and Davies Vineyards kicked off the first harvest season in a new winery building located at 555 Main St. in St. Helena. The property, formerly the site of a car dealership, has been renovated into a fully operational winery for the production of still red wines.
For the 2012 vintage, it is expected that the winery will process 155 tons of fruit. 85 tons will be J. Davies Estate Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon, 45 tons will be Davies Vineyards vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs, and 25 tons will be the first-ever Davies Vineyards vineyard-designated Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.
“We are very pleased to have developed this extraordinary, new winemaking facility,” says Hugh Davies, Vintner/President of Schramsberg Vineyards, J. Davies Estate and Davies Vineyards. “Osborn & Siegert Architecture and Bruce Tucker Construction have done a great job creating a space that is functional now, yet ready for expansion as our program grows into the future. It is exciting to have this happen the same year that we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Schramsberg. 150 years after Jacob Schram established the first hillside winery in Napa Valley on his Diamond Mountain property, the Schramsberg team is thrilled to be making this move to the heart of St. Helena. I know my parents would be happy to know that our still wine program has a permanent place to call home.”
“We are up and running,” says Sean Thompson, J. Davies Estate/Davies Vineyards Winemaker. “We’re bringing in fruit from the Napa Valley, the Anderson Valley and the Sonoma Coast, and it is all getting processed in our own space here. It is a blessing to have this customized winemaking facility, giving us the opportunity to further fine-tune the quality of our small-lot Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir red still wines.”
Located in Calistoga, California, Schramsberg Vineyards has been producing handcrafted sparkling wines in the Méthode Traditionnelle technique since 1965. The range now includes the vintage-dated tête de cuvées J. Schram Rose, J. Schram and Reserve; the vintage-dated Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, Brut Rosé and Crémant Demi-sec; the multi-vintage Mirabelle Brut and Mirabelle Brut Rosé; and a collection of winery-direct offerings. With the 2001 vintage, the first J. Davies Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was made from replanted vineyards on the historic Diamond Mountain hillside property. Davies Vineyards, small-lot vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignons, began production with the 2009 and 2012 vintages (respectively).
For more information, please visit www.schramsberg.com. Schramsberg Vineyards, J. Davies Estate and Davies Vineyards are represented nationally by Wilson Daniels Ltd., (707) 963-9661.