Schug Carneros Estate Winery

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Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug's reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia), America’s first Syrah and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards).


Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter founded his own label in 1980 and set up his winery in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation 10 years later. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart.


In 1995 Sonoma-born winemaker Michael Cox came on board at Schug. Trained in Enology at UC Davis, Mike worked in several Californian wineries before he was lured from Napa Valley to Carneros - Sonoma, to work with Walter Schug as his assistant winemaker. One year later he was promoted to Winemaker and placed in charge of the day-to-day winemaking duties, where he remains today. Currently, winemaker Michael Cox and managing partner Axel Schug carry on the tradition of excellence set by Walter, who retired in 2007 after a career spanning over 50 vintages in both Europe and California. 


In 2010 Schug celebrated its 30th year anniversary and Schug’s 20th year at the current Estate in Sonoma. In addition, winemaker Michael cox’s 15th year at Schug. In late 2010 Schug also went 100% solar, with a solar array capable of producing enough KwH to offset our yearly electrical usage. The Schug brand has matured to 50,000 case annual production with nationwide distribution across all market channels.


Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.


10am-5pm 7 days a week


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