Shafer Vineyards traces its beginnings to 1972 when John Shafer left a 23-year career in the publishing industry and, with his family, moved to the Napa Valley to pursue a second career in wine. After purchasing a 210-acre estate in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District, the Shafer family faced the arduous task of replanting the existing vineyards, which dated to the 1920s, and terracing the steep and rocky hillsides. What began as a career in viticulture, quickly expanded into full-scale winemaking and in 1978, the first Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon was made. This wine became a benchmark, winning the acclaimed San Francisco Vintners Club taste-off upon release and, over a decade later took first place in an international blind tasting held in Germany, where it outranked such wines as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour and Chateau Palmer. In 1983, John Shafer’s son Doug became the winemaker and for the next ten years forged the trademark Shafer style of quality, consistency, and elegance. John Shafer went on to become chairman of the board in 1994, leaving Doug to take over the reins as president. Earlier this year, the father son team received the historic James Beard Foundation Award for “Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional,” joining such luminaries as Robert Mondavi and André Tchelistcheff. With this incredible honor and the team’s unwavering reputation for supreme quality, Shafer Vineyards is among California’s most popular and distinguished luxury wine brands.
Shafer Vineyards - Napa Valley - Stags Leap Distri
Platinum Plus Selection - 92 Points Wine Spectator
- Shafer2007 Merlot
- Stag's Leap District
- Napa Valley
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