who grows the grapes at the Scherrer Winery? who makes the wines?
Fred’s wife Judi manages the business side of winery, and the family vineyard, the source for most all of the fruit that goes into the Scherrer Winery’s Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel bottlings is managed by Fred’s parents and sister. This is a family affair. Pictured at the top of this page is Ed Scherrer, Fred’s father. Ed has lived on the Scherrer Vineyard his whole life and farmed it for more than 70 years. In the video below, Ed leads the team as it harvests Chardonnay that is delivered to Fred at the winery later the same morning.
what wines do they make at the Scherrer Winery?
Over the past few years, Rhone varieties have crept into the fold, first with Syrah and now some Grenache, both of which are featured in the Dry Rosé.
when did the Scherrer Winery start?
The family history in the Alexander Valley goes back to 1899 when Fred’s great-grandfather bought the land they still farm. As a immigrant from Switzerland in the late 1800’s Fred Scherrer (the winemaker’s grandfather) sought out land off the valley floor at in the relative highlands. Originally the property was planted to a wide variety of crops including quite a few plume trees that were dried to prunes. Only a few remnants of this original mix remain, including a few of the most impressive fig trees one can imagine.
The barn in which Ed is sitting in the video below was built around the 1850’s for Cyrus Alexander’s son. Same is true from the farmhouse in which Fred’s parents still live. Each predates the planting of the 100 year old Zinfandel vines by just a few decades.
where is the Scherrer Winery?
Such is the beauty of this part of California where diverse climates and soils rewards those who wish to makes wines with varied grapes and expressions.
why is the Scherrer Winery a Candid Wine?
Fred is a winemaker, a teacher, a thinker, and a good friend. He also happens to be one of the hardest workers we know. This allows him to be present at every stage of wine making from bud break in the Alexander Valley to harvesting on the Sonoma Coast, and from tweaking his presses at crush to hand bottling every single bottle that will wear a Scherrer label. His family connections to the industry and the land in California give him a rare insight into what really matters over the long haul. We like the way admitted “Euro-phile” and wine shop owner Victor Pugliese finished his article on Fred, and leave the last word to him.
“Fred is not unique in California, but he is rare. I have a lot of thoughts about why this is, but for the moment let’s just say that Fred Scherrer is the kind of person I want making the wine I drink.”
how is it made?