Diamond Mountain: Above Calistoga in the Napa Valley’s most northwestern quadrant sits the Diamond Mountain AVA, a continuation of the Mayacamas Mountains. An AVA since 2001, the appellation goes from 400 to 2,200 feet above sea level. Its fine-grained, ash-like soils contain shards of reflective volcanic glass, which inspired the name.
Jacob Schram was first to arrive and plant wine grapes here in 1868, and he called his spot Schramsberg Vineyards…
Hugh Davies was born into wine. In 1965, his parents, Jack and Jamie Davies, bought the historic and—at the time—ramshackle Jacob Schram property on Diamond Mountain and established Schramsberg. Hugh arrived a month later. “It’s so fulfilling to be part of something that’s enduring….
Over the years, Schramsberg has garnered more starred recommendations in the pages of Connoisseurs’ Guide than any other sparkling wine maker, and its impressive showing in 2016 would be enough to justify “Winery of the Year” honors…
It was 50 years ago that Jack and Jamie Davies bought the old Schramsberg estate, which included vineyards and an old Victorian house. This year, the iconic Napa Valley sparkling wine house is celebrating its golden anniversary.
American sparkling wines just keep getting better and better.
Napa’s Schramsberg Vineyards pours a retrospective tasting of sparkling wine dating to 1965