www.shafervineyards.com – Shafer Vineyards
Quality, consistency, and elegance!
John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry in pursuit of a new career in wine. He ended up in the Napa Valley purchasing a 210-acre estate in the Stags Leap District. He and his family set about replanting the existing vineyards and terracing the steep, rocky hillsides. The Shafer’s started as grape growers and evolved into vintners crushing their first Cabernet grapes in 1978. Construction on the winery began the following year with current vineyard acreage now over 200 acres. Modest beginnings produced 1,000 cases of wine in 1978 and today, the vineyards are producing 32,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Syrah available in major markets nationwide and in many foreign markets. Doug Shafer joined in as winemaker in 1983 following graduating from U.C. Davis and the Shafer’s were recipients of the James Beard Foundation Award for 2010 “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.”
100% solar powered and sustainable practices will have baby boomers salivating in eager anticipation of their next glass of wine. Hillside Estate Vineyards encompasses 54 acres, produces the varietal Cabernet Sauvignon and lies within the Stags Leap District. Hillside Select, Shafer’s signature wine of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, is sourced from the rugged hillside here and aged four years before release. Consistent heat along with evening chill helps achieve ripeness and retain acidity. Borderline is the main source for the Shafer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the least viable of all the vineyards when purchased, but after careful development, harvest produces fruit with intense flavor, great color, and soft tannins. La Mesa in the Napa Valley features the varietals Syrah and Petite Sirah from grapes picked, crushed, fermented, and barrel aged together. Relentless, a true field blend, is named in honor of Winemaker Elias Fernandez for his relentless pursuit of quality. Two adjacent vineyards Ridgeback & School Bus in the Napa Valley are the two main sources for the Merlot and One Point Five®. Red Shoulder Ranch in Los Carneros is the source for Red Shoulder Chardonnay because of the long, cool growing season which allows the sugar and the acid of the fruit to achieve balance.
Before you head to Shafer in Napa, where all tasting visits are by appointment, be sure to visit this website and schedule your next wine tasting. Your taste buds will be glad you did!