In the Carneros Appellation, southwest of the town of Sonoma, Schug Carneros Estate Winery crafts wines from what are some of the world’s best vineyards for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The winery also showcases the skill of one of California’s most celebrated winemakers, Walter Schug. During Schug’s tenure as the founding winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards back in the 1970’s, he created California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend and several legendary vineyard designated Cabernets.
Schug winery lies in Sonoma’s famous Carneros District, an area of low hills and flat lands profoundly affected by cool marine air from the bay and Pacific Ocean. During the summer, a ceiling of fog hovers over the vineyards during in the morning hours that will burn off later in the day. As the fof lifts it relieves the vines from the heat with cool winds that come rushing through a break in the coastal range of mountains known as “The Petaluma Gap”.