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The Making of a Great American Winery:
The History of Schramsberg Vineyards

1979 : Cuvée de Gamay replaced with Cuvée de Pinot (using Pinot Noir grapes.) Schramsberg served at State Dinner in Vienna, President Carter for Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.

1980: Schramsberg Reserve introduced: vintage dated, aged on the yeast 4 years before disgorging, yet another
innovation in the United States.

1981 : Blanc de Blancs (1975) served at White House State Dinner for President Reagan honoring British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher. Crémant Demi-Sec (1979) served at White House State Dinner for President Reagan
honoring King Juan Carlos of Spain and, later, honoring Prime Minister Suzuki of Japan.

1983: Blanc de Blancs (1980) served at dinner at the Ahwanee Hotel in Yosemite National Park honoring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. First Schramsberg grapes sourced for sparkling wine from the Carneros region

1984 : California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles presents Schramsberg with Juniper Sierra Award
for Excellence.

1985 : 19th Century 20 acre McEachran Winery Estate purchased reunites under
single ownership these two historical California properties. First use of barrel fermentation in production of
Schramsberg sparkling wines. Schramsberg wins first Wine Spectator Critic’s Choice award. State Dinner at The White House with Schramsberg Cuvée de Pinot served for Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Great Britain.

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Our Story : Hugh Davies, The Next Generation

Schramsberg Vineyards is now in the hands of Jack and Jamie Davies' youngest son, Hugh. Born in 1965, the year his parents Jack and Jamie Davies revived the historic Schramsberg Vineyards property in Napa Valley, Hugh was named President and CEO of the 40-year old sparkling wine house in 2005. Prior to this, he held the dual responsibilities of Winemaker and General Manager. He holds a master's degree in enology from the University of California, Davis, and has his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Maine.

At Schramsberg, Hugh has led the ongoing effort to fine-tune winemaking and grape growing techniques, building upon the winery’s venerable track record of producing award-winning sparkling wines. Schramsberg’s current stable of vineyards includes more than 90 specially selected sites in the Carneros district of Napa Valley, the Anderson Valley, and along the Sonoma and Marin coasts. The winery's commitment to small lot base wine production has yielded extraordinary blending opportunity for the 8-10 sparkling blends produced each year. Over 200 lots are evaluated after harvest, representing many variables: vineyard terroir, grape clone, barrel fermentation, stainless tank fermentation, malolactic fermentation, etc.

Additionally, Hugh was instrumental in replanting the historic hillside Diamond Mountain District vineyards adjacent to the winery to Bordeaux varietals. They are now used by the Schramsberg winemaking team to make J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon. From the first vintage in 2001, J. Davies has received both public and critical acclaim. Hugh serves on the board of directors for the Napa Valley Vintners (he was President, 2006) and, with his family, he chaired the 2004 Auction Napa Valley. Hugh, along with his brother Bill, heads up the Jack L. Davies Fund, which is committed to carrying on efforts initiated by his father to preserve the Napa Valley for its highest uses: agriculture and wild lands.

For prior hands-on experience in the wine industry before joining Schramsberg, Hugh worked with Möet et Chandon in Epernay; Petaluma Winery in South Australia, and Mumm Napa Valley, among others. His political and public service background includes work with the San Francisco Trust for Public Land and assisting California Congressman Tony Coelho in Washington, D.C. Hugh lives on the Schramsberg grounds with his wife, Monique and his three young sons Emrys, Nelson and Hugh Lawrence. He enjoys spending time with his kids, backpacking and going to the Oakland A’s baseball games.

Hugh is dedicated to continuing the quality enhancement of Schramsberg and J. Davies wines. With his leadership, Schramsberg Vineyards is in good, sturdy hands.