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 (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!
Scheid Family Wines is pleased to announce Young’s Market Company will manage distribution of its wines throughout California. Effective immediately, Young’s will sell Scheid’s full portfolio of wines, including: Scheid Vineyards, District 7, Metz Road, Ranch 32, VDR, Stokes’ Ghost, GIFFT, Ryder Estate, and other exceptional Monterey County wines.
Scheid Family Wines was founded in 1972 when Al Scheid planted his first vineyards in Monterey County. Today, the grapes-to-glass family business owns 11 estate vineyards along a 70-mile stretch of the Salinas Valley. In 2005, the Scheid family built a state-of-the-art winery with a crush capacity of 30,000 tons. The company also built a small Reserve Winery where their luxury-class, limited-production wines are produced. With 4,000 acres of vineyards planted to 39 varieties including 20 distinct clones of Pinot Noir, Scheid Family Wines is positioned to quickly respond to consumer preferences and market demands.
“We are excited to have Young’s Market Company represent our portfolio of estate-bottled wines throughout California,” said Scott Scheid, President and CEO, Scheid Family Wines. “In addition to their expertise, wine knowledge and professionalism, the Young’s sales team has strong relationships with key accounts in important markets. We are confident they will help us increase sales and representation in the state’s top restaurants, retailers, chains and club stores.”
With today’s announcement, Young’s Market Company now represents Scheid Family Wines in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii and Alaska.
“One of the things that impressed us most about Young’s Market Company was the quality of their sales team,” said Heidi Scheid, Executive Vice President, Scheid Family Wines. “From day one, they understood the complexity and diversity of Monterey County and appreciated that each of our brands has its own unique profile based on varieties, vineyards and winemaking techniques. We are confident they are the ideal company to help us take our portfolio to market.”
The Tasting Panel featured Scheid Family Wines in their December 2017 cover story: Ingenious Geneaology: The Scheid Family, Their Extensive Monterey Vineyards and Powerful Innovative Winery!
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