Installation of a 137 kWh array at the Davies Vineyards property in St. Helena, as well as adding an additional 149 kWh of production at the Schramsberg array.
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Sean Thompson is promoted to Director of Winemaking. The Grayson Building is opened in St. Helena, providing a new location to taste Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards wines.
Schramsberg Vineyards celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jack & Jamie Davies revival of the property.
New Visitor Center is completed.
Jacob Schram dies. Property inherited by son, Herman.
Schramsberg Vineyards celebrates the 150th anniversary of Jacob Schram’s founding of the property.
Schramsberg Vineyards installs 315 kilowatt-hours solar array consisting of 1,655 panels.
Schramsberg Vineyards receives final certification under both the Napa Green Winery program and the Napa Green Certified Land program.
Matriarch Jamie Davies passes away. The oak grove in the lower vineyard is dedicated as “Jack and Jamie’s Grove.”
Debut of J. Schram Rosé (1998) released September 15. New production building is completed. Sean Thompson is hired as Assistant Winemaker.
Hugh is named as CEO/President of Schramsberg Vineyards and Jamie remains chairman.
First vintage of J. Davies Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (2001) released. The wine is named in honor of Jack Davies. The Davies family chairs the Napa Valley Wine Auction. Hugh Davies marries Monique Nelson in the olive grove on the estate.
Schramsberg 1996 J. Schram voted “Best Overall Wine and Best Sparkling Wine” at Sydney International Wine Competition. This was the first time that an American wine, or a sparkling wine, had ever won either of these two awards.
Hugh Davies becomes Head Winemaker.
Jack Davies passes away and Jamie becomes Chairman of the company. The Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund established. The first “Sparkling Wine Symposium” is offered for members of the trade. This will eventually be renamed as Camp Schramsberg and opens up to consumers as well. Schramsberg Vineyards placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jack and Jamie presented with James Beard Foundation’s National “Outstanding Wine and Spirits” Award. Hugh Davies joins Schramsberg as the Enologist full time.
The replanting of the winery’s historic Diamond Mountain property to Cabernet Sauvignon and the red Bordeaux varietals begins.
Schramsberg releases 1987 J. Schram, America’s first Tête de Cuvée, is introduced in London.
Schramsberg’s 1986 Crémant Demi-Sec served at the luncheon to honor President Mikhail Gorbachev at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Anderson Valley fruit in Mendocino County added to mix of vineyard sources.
Schramsberg produces first vintage of the J. Schram tête de cuvée made from Chardonnay grapes. Sourcing of grapes from cooler coastal sites for sparkling wines begins in earnest. First non-Napa fruit used at Schramsberg.
Nineteenth-century, 20-acre McEachran Winery Estate (contiguous with Schramsberg) purchased, reuniting under single ownership these two historical California properties.
Schramsberg Reserve introduced: vintage dated, aged on the yeast 4 years before disgorging, yet another innovation in the United States.
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs 1969 served at the State dinner “Toast to Peace” hosted by President Richard Nixon for the Premier Zhou En-lai in Beijing, China, marking the first time Schramsberg or any American wine is served at any White House or State event, at home or abroad.
Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve established. Jack Davies helped spearhead the passage of the nation’s first such agricultural preserve.
Schramsberg produces vintage dated Blanc de Noirs of Pinot Noir grapes, an innovation in the United States.
200+ acre Schramsberg property purchased by Jack and Jamie Davies, who had moved from Los Angeles with young sons Bill and John to the Napa Valley. First bottling of wine under the Davies proprietorship of Schramsberg Vineyards and Cellars. Hugh Davies, youngest son of Jack & Jamie, is born the month after the family takes ownership of the winery.
Schramsberg is declared a Historical Monument by the California Historical Society under ownership of the Pringle family.
The winery ceases operation and is sold.
Wines produced at Schramsberg listed as Zinfandel, Sauvignon Vert, Burgundy, Hock, Sauterne and Riesling style of wines. Schramsberg Riesling served to President Harrison at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco.