Though recognized for its contemporary cultural, political, and viticultural acclaim, Schramsberg’s history dates way back to 1862, in the midst of turbulent Civil War in the United States, when German immigrant Jacob Schram first started the winery on Diamond Mountain.
After Schram’s death in 1905, phylloxera and prohibition devastated the wine industry in California. The Schramsberg property was first sold in 1912 and later passed from one wealthy yet disinterested owner to the next for a series of decades. Finally, in 1965, it was purchased by Jack and Jamie Davies, who restored the estate and brought it to critical acclaim.
The Davies set out to produce sparkling wine – specifically, “America’s most prestigious, select and admired sparkling wine; chosen for special guests, special gift s, pampering one’s self and expressing one’s taste in unique products.” And they did succeed in that goal. Through the decades, this spirit of innovation earned Schramsberg and the Davies worldwide praise and recognition.
Schramsberg has also played a role in world history. The Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai. Schramsberg’s sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential administration since.
If there is anything to be said for California sparkling wine, Schramsberg sets the standard and is a shining superstar by all accounts.