About This Winery
Schug Carneros Estate was founded some 40 years ago when Walter Schug, the founding winemaker for Joseph Phelps, followed his passion for Pinot Noir to establish his own winery in the cool-climate, windswept hills on the Sonoma side of Carneros. The winery is just a mile from a busy intersection but is a hidden gem, tucked into a hillside with a German-style post-and-beam building, a charming courtyard and impressive views.
This family-owned and operated winery has a small winery ambiance, with production hovering around the 30,000 case mark. The grapes come primarily from Schug’s estate as well as from respected Carneros properties like Sangiacomo Vineyard and Ricci Vineyard. The winery is most well-known for its Pinot Noir and unique sparkling wines, yet also for Sauvignon Blanc, late harvest Riesling, and Chardonnay (grapes that are well suited to Carneros’ cool climate). The winery’s new, dynamic young German-American winemaker Johannes Scheid is bringing modern touches to the estate’s European-styled wines.
Schug is hosting seated outdoor tastings in its charming courtyard, where guests can try a flight of wines for $30 (fee waived with the purchase of two or more bottles). A self-guided vineyard tour of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines on the estate’s hillside is also an option for visitors who want to get up close to the source of Schug’s delicious wines.↑ Less
Winery InformationHours: Open daily 10 to 5 pm
Fees: Tasting fee $30 for parties less than 6. Over 6 people, call in advance.
Price Range: $18 to $50 per bottle
Vineyards: 42 estate acres
Production: 30,000 cases
Discounts: 10% case discount
Unique Amenities: Wine Caves
- Gift Shop
- Casual & Relaxed
- Off the Beaten Path
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir