Group from Camp Schramsberg watching a riddling demonstration in the wine caves
Group from Camp Schramsberg watching a riddling demonstration in the wine caves

Our Camp Programs

Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards’ camp programs are the ultimate experiences for sparkling and still wine lovers! Come to one of our camp programs in the Spring or Fall to see, feel and taste the sparkling and still wine cycles – beginning in the vineyards and ending at the table. Experience a hands-on, behind the scenes look at the making of sparkling wine at Camp Schramsberg, and red wines at Camp Davies. Enjoy meeting fellow campers and wine enthusiasts from across the country while sampling Schramsberg Vineyards bubbly, and Davies Vineyards still wines, with amazing foods.

Campers can attend the Spring Blending session and/or the Fall Harvest session and participate fully in seasonal wine experiences — there is no other program like this anywhere else in the world! Both of our camps offer a fun-filled, hands-on, three-day immersive experience where you will participate in intensive learning and gain valuable expertise from some of the world’s most celebrated wine and food professionals – all held in the Napa Valley, the epicenter of food and wine.

Our camp programs are perfect for all wine enthusiasts, and wine or restaurant professionals. In fact, it is our goal to have a combination of both consumers and professionals to make it fascinating for both sectors. Our camps are an enjoyable way to jump in and experience wine with all the senses in Wine Country, where it all happens.

Camper Tuition: $1,600 per person (15% discount for wine club members). There is an additional charge of roughly $160 for the optional Monday evening library wine dinner. Transportation and lodging are not included. Program subject to change.

Scholarships are available for professionals in the wine and restaurant industries.

For more information, please email camp@schramsberg.com or call 707-942-2408.

Camp Schramsberg Spring Blending Session, March 13-15, 2022 – Waitlist Only

The Camp Schramsberg Blending Session is a three-day sparkling wine adventure, led by Schramsberg’s Vintner Hugh Davies and Chef/Enologist Holly Peterson. The Camp Schramsberg experience uncovers the mystery of how sparkling wines are born. Of course, meeting new friends and having fun is a part of it as well. On the first night, you will enjoy a sparkling wine reception and dinner in the historic Schramsberg caves, prepared by one of the Napa Valley’s fine chefs. This is your camp orientation and will prepare you for the two days ahead.

On day two, you will start with breakfast at Brasswood. Then it is off to the vineyards with Hugh Davies and Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson, where you will prune vines to prepare them for bud break. Learn how vineyard location, soil content, viticultural practices, and clonal selection play a critical part in creating the complex flavors in Schramsberg wines. You will also receive hands-on experience with the winemaking team to create a blend of base wines to design a final cuvée for bottling. During your time at the winery, you will also receive an overview of the sparkling winemaking process – from harvest through bottling. For lunch, delicacies prepared by Brasswood’s chefs, will be used to illustrate how ingredients can complement and contrast wine flavors. A full afternoon of food and sparkling wine pairings follow, under the direction of Holly Peterson. Holly will guide you through basic to advanced component tastings and will teach campers the art of sabering opens a bottle of sparkling wine. Finish the day with an optional library wine dinner at a local restaurant (Estimated $160 per person, in addition to the camp fee).

Day three starts with breakfast at Brasswood and is followed by a tour of Schramsberg’s historic caves, a riddling demonstration, and tasting with the winemakers to finish off the final blend for the wine you started the day before. Lunch, prepared by the Brasswood’s culinary team, leads into a group sparkling wine menu creation contest. The program finishes with awards for the best menus, and a graduation with certificate presentation.

 

Camp Davies Fall Harvest Session, October 9-11, 2022 – Wait List Only

Camp Davies is a three-day wine adventure, led by Schramsberg’s Vintner Hugh Davies and Chef/Enologist Holly Peterson. The Camp Davies experience uncovers the extraordinary time of harvest in winemaking. Of course, meeting new friends and having fun is a part of it as well. On the first night, you will enjoy a sparkling wine reception and dinner in the historic J. Davies Vineyards at Schramsberg, prepared by one of the Napa Valley’s fine chefs. This is your camp orientation and will prepare you for the two days ahead.

On day two, you will start with breakfast at Brasswood. Then it is off to the vineyards with Hugh Davies and Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson, to harvest grapes and learn how viticultural practices, attention to sugar and acid balance, and careful harvest techniques play crucial parts in creating the complex flavors of Davies Vineyards’ wines. Then it’s on to Davies Winery in St. Helena, where campers expereince “the crush” and follow the evolution of the juice through the winemaking process. For lunch, delicacies prepared by Brasswood’s chefs, will be used to illustrate how ingredients can complement and contrast wine flavors. After lunch campers enjoy a full afternoon of interactive education, looking at the cause and effect of food to wine, under the direction of Holly Peterson. The day finishes with an optional library wine dinner (estimated at $160 per person, in addition to the camp fee).

Day three starts with breakfast at Brasswood and is followed by a second tour of Davies Vineyards winery where campers learn the role that punchdowns, pumpovers, and skin contact play with the development of red wines. The morning includes tasting of base wines, on through the finished product, with Hugh Davies and the winemaking team. Lunch, prepared by the Brasswood culinary team, leads into a group wine menu creation contest. The program finishes with awards for the best menus, and a graduation with certificate presentation.

This program is currently utilizing a wait list. Please contact Camp Director Matthew Levy at camp@schramsberg.com to be added.