Family owned and operated Schweiger Vineyards’ is located on Spring Mountain at an elevation of 2,000 feet above the fog line. Its rich volcanic soils and unique microclimates are particularly favorable for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
Originally purchased in the 1960’s by Fred’s parents, the land did not grow grapes until the 1970’s when Fred discovered a perfect wine growing location. During the clearing process, old Redwood grape stakes spaced at 1×1 meter intervals were discovered, reconfirming the notion that the property had once been a prime viticulture area dating back to the late 1870’s.
For the first 10 years, the Schweigers sold their renowned fruit to Joe Cafaro, ZD, Newton and Stags Leap Winery. In 1994, Schweiger Vineyards began bottling wine under their own label under the direction of son Andrew Schweiger. In 1999 they began to focus solely on winemaking for Schweiger Vineyards.
Winemaker Andrew Schweiger grew up surrounded by vineyards in his family’s Spring Mountain home near St. Helena, CA. In high school he spent summers working at local wineries and gained a passion for the art and science of winemaking. Andrew received a Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Science with a minor in Viticulture from the University of California - Davis. While in college, he put his newfound knowledge to use while working at a variety of wineries including Joseph Phelps and Trefethen Vineyards. After graduation he continued expanding his knowledge by working at Chateau St. Jean and Cain Cellars.
The Schweigers are very conscious of their carbon footprint and utilize sustainable practices in their farming. “Sustainability is finding that balance between our environment and us.” Practices include: leaving large trees in place, hand-dug wells and natural springs for watering, solar panels for electricity, terracing of the vineyards, and composting.
Today, the family works together to farm 35 acres of vineyards producing about 5000 cases each year. The primary varietals are Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but they also farm micro-blocks of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petite Sirah.
Region: Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, CA
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