Schug Carneros Estate Winery lies southwest of the town of Sonoma in the AVA’s Carneros Appellation. The old name of the region, Los Carneros recalls the days when it was home to sheepherders, dairy farms, fruit orchards and hayfields.
Vineyards here, home to the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit that is celebrated around the world, lie in the sweet spot, an area of low hills and flat lands vigorously enlivened by cool ocean breezes coming off the bay.
During the summer morning hours here a ceiling of fog hovers over the vineyards. Later in the day, as it slowly begins to lift, it cools the vines by drawing ocean breezes in through a break in the nearby coastal hills known as “The Petaluma Gap”.
One of California’s most esteemed winemakers, Walter Schug began his career with Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970’s, where he created California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend, as well as several now legendary vineyard designated Cabernets.
As of this summer, those interested in enjoying Schug wines can do so at their new tasting room on the historic plaza in the town of Sonoma.