Our namesake label focuses on limited production wines that exhibit elegance, richness and authenticity. Our broad estate vineyard resources allow us to carefully select only the fruit we believe will make the finest wine possible. In fact, we use less than 2% of the grapes we grow for our Scheid Vineyards wines.
With 11 estate vineyards planted to 39 different varieties located in 4 distinct climatic zones, Scheid Vineyards is uniquely positioned to craft an intriguing portfolio of wines. While Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are considered the stars of the Monterey appellation, our other top varietals are Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. We have the luxury to experiment and be bold, as exhibited by our Pinot Noir Clone Series where we bottle each of four clones separately, our Appassimiento Cabernet Sauvignon where the grapes are dried on the vine, and our Closing Bell port comprised of estate grown Tinto Cão, Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo. We also produce limited amounts of less mainstream varietals such as Albariño, Pinot Blanc, Grenache Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Sangiovese and Tannat, just to name a few.
Headed by Director of Winemaking Dave Nagengast, the wines of Scheid Vineyards have won numerous accolades and awards. In short, our eponymous label showcases the best of the variety, vintage and appellation from our estate vineyards, including special bottlings and age-worthy reserve wines built for cellaring.
California is divided into 17 grape crush districts, encompassing a wide range of climate, terrain and soil types. District 7 is Monterey County. Wine experts recognize our home as one of the most beautiful and diverse winegrowing regions in the world. The distinctive geography, climate and soils lead to wines that are complex, elegant and most importantly, delicious.
Our D7 portfolio is comprised of estate grown Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Highlighting the best that Monterey County has to offer through the eyes of our employees, the lifestyle website showcases the stunning scenery, diverse recreation and relaxed lifestyle that our home has to offer.
Amazing Place. Amazing Wines. Welcome to District 7.
Metz Road runs alongside our estate Riverview Vineyard. Located adjacent to the Pinnacles, nestled on a bench overlooking the Salinas River, it is a Burgundian landscape dramatically influenced by the proximity of the Monterey Bay. Our Metz Road label was born from the passion to express the unique terroir of this single vineyard site and craft a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir that are authentic in style and exemplify the best of these classic, elegant varietals. The vines are farmed for ultra-premium quality and the grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness in the early morning. In the winery, the grapes are hand-sorted, the juice is fermented in small lots and the wine is aged in 100% French oak barrels. Our Metz Road mantra is gentle handling and minimal intervention, allowing the distinctive terroir of a single vineyard site to shine.
On the west side of the Salinas Valley, directly in the path of Monterey's relentless afternoon winds, sits Ranch 32. This is the place where we first planted vines back in 1972. Ranch 32 is about highlighting the natural characteristics of the terroir and conveying the taste of place. Each vintage, we produce small lots of wines from these sustainably farmed estate vineyards that represent the best of the appellation.
The legend of Stokes’ Ghost began in 1833, when British sailor James Stokes jumped ship in Monterey with cases of medicine stolen from the boat. He opened a downtown pharmacy and launched a thriving medical practice as “Doctor Stokes”. Despite killing a significant percentage of his patients with his ministrations, he landed a commission as the personal physician to California Governor Jose Figueroa. Within a year, the governor was dead.
The phony physician was astonishingly successful for someone so poor at his job. He grew quite wealthy, bought a lovely adobe home in Monterey, married the widow of one of his patients, became a parent, and served for a time as mayor of Monterey. Eventually the gig was up. Stokes’ sons confronted him of his devious deeds and he promptly ingested poison, falling lifeless at their feet. His home, Stokes Adobe, still stands and is a Monterey landmark. To this day, visitors report seeing the ghostly figure of a man dressed in 1800s garb climbing the stairs and passing through walls. This is Stokes’ Ghost.
A dramatic story fit for this heart-stopping variety, Stokes’ Ghost Petite Sirah is brimming with black cherries, blackberries and cassis flavors. The grapes in this wine are harvested at night in the southernmost reaches of the Monterey appellation, an ideal growing locale. Full-bodied with balanced tannins and a finish that lingers on the palate, this rich, deep wine is just what the doctor ordered.
Very Dark Red—the name frankly speaks for itself. Petit Verdot is a grape of dark color, stout tannins and concentrated flavors. The small berries of Petite Sirah mean a more intense maceration and greater skin-to-juice ratio and some of the longest tannins of any vinifera. Both grapes are grown on our estate Hames Valley Vineyard just north of the San Luis Obispo county line. Together, they create a dark, concentrated wine that can be enjoyed now, but will also age well for a decade or more. VDR is full-bodied yet supple, with deep, ripe fruit flavors of black currant and black raspberry perfumed by delicate notes of crushed violet. A firm, chalky tannin structure belies the velvety, luscious mouthfeel. Dense flavors integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.