Sherwin Family Vineyards

Natives of Clayton, CA, in San Francisco’s East Bay, Steve and Linda Sherwin yearned for a quieter, more relaxed setting to raise their three children.  A series of weekend visits to the Napa Valley in 1996 finally uncovered a 30-acre property near the top of Spring Mountain. 

The property featured a beautiful home and a serene lake, but the real prize was 2.5 acres of mixed old-vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.   This small vineyard was in the same location that was originally part of a 500-acre estate producing sought-after grapes from the late 1800’s through Prohibition.

With a successful career in construction development behind him and a true hands-on approach, Steve began clearing and planting vineyards around the original acres virtually by himself.  He planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, and finished 14 acres later.

The Wines

Sherwin Family Vineyards released their first wine, a 1996 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, in late 1999.  A scant 140 cases were produced and quickly discovered by several local restaurants, retailers, and individual customers.

Marked by the firm backbone of Spring Mountain grown fruit, their Cabernet Sauvignon shows remarkable density and concentration.  Produced and cellared on the property at an existing winery building, Steve employed traditional winemaking methods of fermenting in one-ton bins, along with hand punch downs and hand racking.

The Sherwin Experience

A visit to Sherwin Family Vineyards, at the top of Spring Mountain above St. Helena, is like no other tasting experience. You will be treated to world-class wines in an idyllic setting overlooking the Estate’s vineyards and picturesque lake and fountain.

Relax on the patio and sip a glass of Estate Cabernet while you enjoy a peaceful picnic on the deck. Or, on those chilly winter days, relax in front of a blazing fire in the beautifully appointed Tasting Room while enjoying Sherwin Family’s current releases. Whatever the season, your visit to Sherwin Family Vineyards will be a memorable experience that will linger, and the memory will enhance your enjoyment of the wines that you take home with you.

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