Founded in 1972 by Al Scheid, who has since been joined in he business by his son Scott and daughter Heidi, Scheid Family Wines has evolved over 47 years from being a grape grower that sells 100% of its production, into an innovative, grapes-to-glass family business that crafts authentic and elegant wines. Scheid Family Wines now boasts 12 estate vineyards, totalling 4,000 acres, located along a 70-mile spread of the Salinas Valley in Monterey County.
The family are committed to sustainability throughout its operations. All estate vineyards are officially Certified Sustainable, all wastewater is recycled and all grape must is composted and spread as nutrition in the vineyards, which benefit entirely from drip irrigation. 100% of the power needed to run the winery and bottling operations is generated using wind via the Scheid family’s own wind turbine too!
Their estate Riverview Vineyard features granitic soils, great exposure and little protection from the strong winds that scrub the valley every afternoon. It is planted to an assortment of varieties, clones and rootstocks specifically matched to the various micro-climates, soils and aspects of the terrain.
The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning hours, brought to the winery and gently whole-cluster pressed. The juice was chilled and lightly settled, then racked off of the heavy lees to a stainless steel tank. A slow, cool fermentation helped preserve the fresh aromatics and lively texture. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (42% new).
The nose is complex, forward, and pure with hints of stone fruit, grilled almonds and toasted oak. On the palate the wine delivers the perfect mix of flavour, richness and structure.