Schug Winery

Claudia Schug
Sonoma Carneros

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Congress Has Heart Reception and Collectors Dinner
Friday, May 1, 2020 Heart’s Delight Trade Tasting
Saturday, May 2, 2020 Grand Tasting Reception


For nearly four decades, Schug Carneros Estate has crafted subtle and age-worthy wines in the cool Carneros Appellation of Sonoma County.  Founded in 1980 by veteran German-born winemaker Walter Schug and his wife Gertrud, the winery is now led by their children Axel, Claudia and Andrea.  Sonoma-born winemaker Michael Cox joined the winery in 1995 and continues to perfect the wines while upholding the family’s European winemaking philosophy of respect for terroir and elegance.  

Pinot Noir has been a part of the Schug family for nearly 100 years.  Founder Walter Schug was born and raised on a winemaking estate in Germany where in 1923 his father began producing Pinot Noir from a vineyard dating back to the 12th century.  Walter’s impact on the California wine industry is legendary, as founding winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards he helped bring international fame to Napa Valley’s Cabernet Sauvignons. While at Phelps he started his own label to pursue his love of Pinot Noir.  Eventually Walter and Gertrud moved to Sonoma to build their own winery and plant vines in the newly emerging Carneros region. Here they found ideal conditions to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the European style. Since the birth of the very first SCHUG wine, a strong legacy has developed that is now being passed on to future generations.


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