Hillside Select – a Wine of a Place
Hillside Select comes from a collection of rugged, arid vineyard blocks that surround our winery. We’ve been fortunate to make Cabernet Sauvignon from these rocky, roughhewn hillsides in Stags Leap District since 1978. Year after year this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is a dramatic expression of this ideal site.
John Shafer loved people, loved his work, his family, and lived an incredible life. We wanted to share this video that will give you a glimpse of his very rich life and how grateful he was for every day of it.
One Point Five is a Cabernet Sauvignon that celebrates two things close to our hearts. The name refers to John and Doug Shafer’s 35 year father-and-son partnership. It also honors Stags Leap District, a place we’ve called home since 1973.
When you open a bottle of One Point Five we hope you enjoy it with people you care about!
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy stunning views of Shafer Vineyards and our surrounding hillsides from the air.
John Shafer was part of a groundbreaking generation that came to Napa Valley in the late 1960s and early 1970s and transformed the region into the world-class wine producing area it is today. MORE
Shafer recently donated five acres of land to Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County, which dubbed the site “Shafer Sanctuary,” and has built an aviary on it to rehabilitate wild birds. MORE
At Shafer the Aromas and Flavors of ‘Corked’ Wine Are History. For more than 20 years the winemaking team at Shafer has been fighting TCA on multiple fronts and they’re winning. MORE
London-based wine writer Will Lyons profiles the current state of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and speaks with Doug Shafer about producing classics. MORE
Food and Wine writer Michelle Locke explores Chardonnay’s surprisingly shaky start in the U.S. and its rise to dominance and deliciousness. MORE