Sonoma/Napa Awards! Best Napa Winery You’ve Never Heard of: Schweiger Vineyards
This secluded little winery has some prime-time land tucked up on Spring Mountain from which they produce a wonderful Cabernet, a bordeaux blend called “dedication”, and a port, among others. Their tastings are by appointment only as are all of the Spring Mountain wineries (although we were able to schedule our appointment about 90 minutes in advance) and they have a locked gate out front to ensure that you do have an appointment. Strictly family owned and operated since inception, the staff here is minimal but really friendly and knowledgeable. One little tricky bit about scheduling a tasting and tour here is that they will inform you on the phone that there is a $25 tasting fee per person (kinda steep! Like the mountain, ha!). What they don’t tell you is that they likely won’t mention this fee at any time during the tasting and will waive the fees if anything is purchased (their sauv. blanc is $25/btl ). I have a strong feeling that you will leave with something a little more substantial than the sauv. blanc if you visit. We brought home a bottle of their Cabernet which is their flagship and what most of their vineyard is planted to ($59/btl).
The views are spectacular and they bump elbows with a few great names like Pride Mountain, Barnett, and Keenan in this tucked away corner of Napa Valley. Our tasting consisted of approx. 6 wines, including a library wine tasting of their 04′ Cab. which the pourer brought out at the mere question, “Is there anything else we can taste?” (I love that question, works almost every time). They also have a group of winery dogs (I think there were 5) which were very friendly and were seen romping through the grapes at various times during our tour and tasting. If you can’t make it to the winery, their website does allow direct ordering of their wines as their distribution doesn’t make it too far out of California.