History

Davies Vineyards could not be here today if it weren’t for the efforts of those who pioneered the Schramsberg Estate.

“It’s rewarding to be working on something that has roots that go beyond my life. Our business was started by my parents, but before my parents there were Jacob Schram and then the Pringles. Similarly, we can’t know exactly the course of the future ahead and yet there is a tangible link to the future ahead so you feel that you’re part of something that goes beyond your own life and I think there is something humbling and rewarding about that.” – Hugh Davies

Davies Timeline

J. Schram Era
  • 1862

    Jacob Schram purchases 200 acre Mt. Diamond property from the government and begins development of Napa hillside vineyards. Herman Adolph Schram is born.

  • 1870

    Chinese laborers dig Napa’s first hillside caves for wine-aging and storage. Schramsberg has 30,000 vines.

  • 1875

    Schram Victorian mansion with stately veranda completed on vineyard site.

  • 1880

    Author Robert Louis Stevenson visits Jacob Schram’s estate. Descriptions of his stay are recorded in his book, Silverado Squatters. Schramsberg produces 8,403 cases of wine from 50 acres of vines.

  • 1890

    Schramsberg produces 540,000 lbs of grapes (approx. 28,361 cases of wine) from 100 acres of grapes.

  • 1891

    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.

  • 1905

    Jacob Schram dies. Property inherited by son, Herman.

  • 1912

    The winery ceases operation and is sold.

Jack & Jamie Era
  • 1957

    Schramsberg is declared a Historical Landmark by the California Historical Society under ownership of the Pringle family

  • 1965

    200 acre Schramsberg property purchased by Jack and Jamie Davies. First crush of grapes under the Davies proprietorship of Schramsberg Vineyards and Cellars. Hugh Davies is born the month after the family took over the winery.

  • 1968

    Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve established. Jack Davies helped spearhead the passage of the nation’s first such agricultural preserve.

  • 1985

    Nineteenth Century 20 acre McEachran Winery Estate (contiguous with Schramsberg) purchased, reuniting under single ownership these two historical California properties.

  • 1994

    The replanting of the winery’s historic Diamond Mountain property to Cabernet Sauvignon and the red Bordeaux varietals begins.

  • 1996

    Jack and Jamie presented with James Beard Foundation’s National “Outstanding Wine and Spirits” Award. Hugh Davies joins Schramsberg as Enologist full time.

  • 1998

    Jack Davies passes away and Jamie becomes Chairman of the company. Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund established. Schramsberg Vineyards placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • 2008

    Matriarch Jamie Davies passes away. The oak grove in the lower vineyard is dedicated as “Jack and Jamie’s Grove.

Davies Family Era
  • 2000

    Hugh Davies becomes Head Winemaker

  • 2004

    First vintage of J. Davies Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (2001) released. The wine is named in honor of Jack Davies. Hugh Davies marries Monique Nelson in the olive grove on the estate.

  • 2005

    Hugh is named as CEO/President of Schramsberg Vineyards and Jamie remains chairman.

  • 2006

    Sean Thompson joins Davies Vineyards as Assistant Winemaker.

  • 2009

    Schramsberg Vineyards receives final certification under both the Napa Green Winery program and the Napa Green Certified Land program.

  • 2010

    Schramsberg Vineyards installs 466,806 kilowatt-hours solar array consisting of 1,655 panels.

  • 2012

    First crush at new St. Helena winemaking facility.

  • 2014

    Davies Vineyards starts construction on new visitor center in St. Helena.

  • 2015

    Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jack & Jamie Davies revival of the Schramsberg property. Sean Thompson is promoted to Senior Winemaker.