Our own Heidi Scheid was recognized in the October issue of Wine Business Monthly as a Top Industry Leader for her work in championing Monterey and growing the family business!
Scheid Family Wines has been farming wine grapes in Monterey County since 1972 and today has 4,000 acres of sustainably certified vineyards and a large state-of-the-art winery in Salinas Valley. The wind turbine is the latest addition to Scheid's sustainability-practices program and may very well be the first project of its scale in the U.S. on a winery property.
The wind turbine, a 1.85 megawatt GE model, generates enough electricity annually to off-set the draw of the 2 million case-capacity winery and bottling operation, with surplus electricity going back into the local power grid.
"The Salinas Valley is a particularly well-suited environment for wind turbines," noted Chief Planning Officer, Tony Stephen. "Every afternoon, winds sweep down the valley from the Monterey Bay, averaging 13 mph."
Similar to the famous mistral wind in the Rhône Valley in Southern France, the Salinas Valley winds result from a combination of unique geographical features - the underwater canyon in the Monterey Bay, the Santa Lucia and Gabilan mountain ranges, and the hot interior temperatures of the south of the valley.
"The mountains on either side of the valley create a tunnel, and at the north end of the tunnel, you have cold water welling up from the underwater canyon and at the other end, you have the interior land, which can exceed temperatures of 110 degrees during the day. The difference in temperatures creates pressure that, when combined with the tunnel effect of the mountains, generates the Salinas Valley winds," explained Scheid Family Wines Chief Operating Officer, Kurt Gollnick.
The wind turbine is the crowning achievement of four and a half years of planning and joins a number of other sustainability practices already in place at Scheid Family Wines.
“We have always been committed to sustainability,” said Scott Scheid, President and CEO. “All 4,000 acres of our estate vineyards in Monterey County are officially certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. 100% of our wastewater is recycled and all our grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards. We use 100% drip irrigation and low impact farming methods. We even have 250+ owl boxes to control rodent populations naturally. Installing this wind turbine is yet another facet of our desire to be good stewards of the environment.”
Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. With 4,000 acres of sustainably-certified vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley and a large scale, state-of-the-art winery, Scheid Family Wines is fully-integrated to bring high quality estate grown wines to the marketplace. The Scheid Family Wines nationally-distributed portfolio includes Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost, GIFFT, Ranch 32, and Ryder Estate.
In addition to our vineyards, our winery is now certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance! The certification is measured by economic, environmental and social performance practices, and an annual audit is conducted to ensure we are meeting or surpassing all best practices.
Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing is a statewide certification program that provides third-party verification of a winery’s commitment to continuous improvement in the adoption and implementation of sustainable winegrowing practices. We achieved certification on all eleven of our estate vineyards in 2014. In addition to environmentally sound practices, CCSW includes sections on responsible business and community practices, which is a core value of Scheid Family Wines.
Scheid Family Wines has recently released its Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Values:
Bringing people together to enjoy and savor life.
By 2025, Scheid Family Wines will become one of the most recognized wine producers in quality, innovation and sustainability in the world.
SALINAS, California – May 29, 2018 – Scheid Family Wines is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Scheid Writing Contest. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary in Monterey’s Salinas Valley, the program has donated more than $320,000 to scholarships for local high school students.
The Scheid Writing Contest was originally created by Al Scheid in 1984 for his high school alma mater, Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Ohio. He launched the contest as a way to give back to the community and provide assistance to motivated high school students who wanted to attend college. Four years later, convinced that the local schools in the Salinas Valley could benefit from the contest, Al brought it to King City High School. Greenfield High School—built on land that was formerly vineyards owned by Scheid—was added to the program in 2001.
Al has always believed that being able to communicate ideas effectively is the key to success. He created the writing contest to give students the opportunity to fully delve into a subject. Each year, the winners are chosen based on their ability to research and write a 3-5 page essay on a given topic. Separate scholarships are awarded for each grade level. Past topics have included Guantánamo Bay and interrogation techniques, the Ground Zero mosque, the impact of social media on society, the death penalty, immigration reform, global warming, the USA Patriot Act and its effect on an individual’s right to privacy, the use of military tribunals in terrorist cases, and the pros and cons of the Electoral College.
The topic for 2018 was the National Anthem.
On August 26, 2016, the debate over kneeling or sitting in protest during the national anthem was sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he first chose not to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Throughout the past two football seasons, some NFL players have also chosen to “take a knee” rather than stand during the anthem.
What positive effects have their actions had on our view of what is patriotic? What negative effects have their actions had? Do you agree or disagree with an athlete who chooses to not stand during the anthem? Do you feel that protesting during the national anthem is an appropriate time to protest? Why or why not? What actions do you think someone should, or should not, do during the singing of the national anthem?
The senior-class winners from Greenfield High School were: Veronica Gasca (1st), Alize Ortiz (2nd), Rosa Sanchez (3rd), and Nicolette Shaheen (4th).
The senior winners from King City High School were: Thomas Stephens (1st), Jose Torres (2nd), Lauren Rist (3rd), and Cristian Chavez (4th). Other winners included: Samuel Rivera (11th grade), Karina Aguirre (11th grade), Jose Gomez (11th grade), Dominic Conricode (10th grade), Felipe Cruz (10th grade), Stephanie Soto (10th grade), and Dayana Rivera (9th grade).
The total awards distributed were $8,950 for each school.
Scheid Family Wines has farmed wine grapes in Monterey County, California since 1972. With 4,000 acres of sustainably-certified vineyards located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley and a state-of-the-art winery, Scheid Family Wines is fully-integrated to bring high quality estate grown wines to the marketplace. The Scheid Family Wines nationally-distributed portfolio includes Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost, GIFFT, Ranch 32 and Ryder Estate. In addition, Scheid Family Wines produces over 20 regionally distributed brands for specific clients or distributors.
Scheid Family Wines (SFW) announced it has promoted Dave Nagengast to Vice President of Winemaking. Dave has served as the company’s Director of Winemaking since 2006. Among other duties, Dave will direct the winemaking for all SFW’s individual wineries and brands including Scheid Vineyards, Metz Road, District 7, Stokes’ Ghost, VDR, Ranch 32, Ryder Estate and GIFFT.
According to Kurt Gollnick, COO of SFW, “Dave has helped direct Scheid Family Wines’ evolution from grape grower to one of California’s top fully-integrated wine producing companies. He played an integral part in the design and construction of our winery and its subsequent expansions and process improvements. Under Dave’s direction, Scheid Family Wines has built a reputation throughout the wine industry as a leading producer of serious wines from Monterey County.”
Dave is an early adopter of sustainable farming and winemaking practices, and an innovator in both the vineyard and cellar. In 2017, he and his team developed their In-Vineyard Native Yeast Fermentation Program to create the ultimate expression of Chardonnay from the Riverview Vineyard. To avoid the influence of yeast strains already established at the winery, they brought a small press and refrigerated container to the site to initiate a true Riverview indigenous yeast fermentation. They crushed the grapes and filled twenty new French oak barrels, half of Wente clone and half of Dijon clone 96. The resulting wine beautifully captured the true personality of this unique cold-climate site.
Dave holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture Science with an emphasis in Enology from California State University at Fresno. He joined SFW in 2002 as a consulting winemaker. Prior to that, he held winemaking positions at Storrs Winery, Mirassou Vineyards and San Martin Winery. Dave and his wife Beth have three sons who have followed in his footsteps as a collegiate discus thrower.
We're pleased to share the review below from the March 2018 issue of The Tasting Panel!
Metz Road 2015 Riverview Vineyard Pinot Noir, Monterey ($35)
This esteemed 215-acre site—the Scheid family’s northernmost estate vineyard—is located adjacent to the Pinnacles on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. With its moderate microclimate and cold afternoons, the Riverview Vineyard is fortunate to have a long growing season. The savoriness of this small-production Pinot Noir, produced from Pommard clones and grown in well-drained, decomposed granite, is interwoven with juicy fruit and an undercurrent of tobacco, earth, and wet stone. Distinct tones of Cara Cara orange kissed with butterscotch weave through the wine’s silky frame. 94 Points
Congratulations to our Director of Winemaking, Dave Nagengast, for being selected as Winemaker of the Month in the March 2018 issue of Wine Business Monthly!