Shafer Video: Shafer in Spring
Spring is the season when the vintage first comes to life – tiny buds appear on vines that have been dormant all winter offering the first glimpse of what’s to come. In the cellar we are busy bottling and in the vineyard we are setting the stage for an exciting new growing season!
We though you might enjoy a quick look behind the scenes of our winery in springtime.
Red Shoulder Ranch® Chardonnay
Our Chardonnay vineyard, called Red Shoulder Ranch, is located at the very southern end of Napa Valley, where the land meets the Bay. It’s an area of long, sunny spring and summer days that produces wines of exceptional color, aroma, and flavor.
We meticulously grow the fruit and produce the wine so that with every drop you’ll enjoy the purity and beauty of this glorious vineyard site.
The vines take a break and our team enjoys a slower pace after the velocity of harvest. Even though it’s quiet, winter is an important time of year when the soil fills up with winter rain, we do a lot of prep work in the cellar and in the vineyards, and the vines themselves rejuvenate for the vintage to come. We thought you might enjoy a quick look behind the scenes.
Harvest 2017 has been a classic. Our fruit is coming in fast, the crush pad is revved up, and the newly fermenting wine is looking, smelling, and tasting fantastic. Enjoy a quick look behind the scenes of this year’s harvest with this quick video!
TD-9 celebrates a bold move. In 1973 John Shafer went from taking morning commuter trains in Chicago to teaching himself to drive an old TD-9 tractor in our Napa Valley vineyard. He’d never grown grapes or made wine in his life. That spirit of risk-taking and adventure continues to inspire everything we do at Shafer Vineyards today. We hope you enjoy this new blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec.
In 2013 we pulled out aging Cabernet vines from a vineyard block called Lower Sunspot and started the process of replanting. Here, in two minutes, you can see the three-year process from setting up new trellis systems to planting rootstock to harvesting the vines’ first fruit.
Lower Sunspot is typically one of our vineyard blocks that goes into producing Hillside Select. We’re glad to have it back!
In this new video we invite you to discover what goes into making a Shafer wine barrel. Go with winemaker Elias Fernandez as he visits Demptos Napa Cooperage, one of several barrel-makers we working with, as he keeps an eye on the whole process – from selecting the staves, toasting the interior of the barrel, sealing, and finishing, to delivery to the winery.
Take a quick behind-the-scenes look at the fruit, the vineyards, the crush pad and cellar action – all a delicious preview of the wines that will be available in a few years! (1:16).
Apps are joining barrels, bottles, and tanks as basic winemaking tools. In this news story our winemaker, Elias Fernandez, offers a tour of our latest technology in the vineyard and cellar.
In our new video Doug Shafer takes you to the vineyard where it all begins to show where the beauty in the bottle comes from.
Doug Shafer offers a quick then-and-now video tour of Stags Leap District, home of Shafer Vineyards, celebrating the 25th anniversary of its formation as an appellation.
Enjoy stunning views of Shafer Vineyards and our surrounding hillsides from the air.
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