About Schramsberg Vineyards
After reviving this historic estate outside Calistoga in the 1960s, the Davies family became California's first important producer of sparkling wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Schramsberg was originally founded in 1862 by Jacob Schram. A barber by trade whose family were winegrowers in Germany, Schram purchased a large plot of land in Napa Valley and produced wine there until his death in 1905. Today, the Davies family has expanded Schram's holdings as far as Mendocino and Marin counties, to a total of 160 acres. They produce a range of styles, from a dry, minerally Blanc de Blancs to a Blanc de Noirs that's surprisingly lively and refined for this style (it includes some Chardonnay.) J. Schram is the house's prestige bottling -- potentially the best sparkling wine made in California.