The listed manor house in the Rheingau half-timbered style is a reminder that the winery was established in 1876 by Mainz-born brothers Jacob and Friedrich Beringer. Today, the Beringer name is synonymous with wines that have a distinctive New World charm.
The “Rhine House”, built in 1883 at a cost of 28,000 dollars, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Napa Valley, but this winery's less conspicuous features are what really matter. The two founders had deep tunnels carved into the rock to provide the optimum environment in which to age their wines. Building on and refining this cellar expertise is an ongoing process. Legendary chief winemaker Ed Sbragia, who has worked at Beringer since 1976, embodies this quality-driven philosophy. The flagship wine is the Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Beringer and the Californian
Although the Beringer winery has an exceptionally wide portfolio of wines, the estate's reputation rests on the highly typical Napa Chardonnays and Cabernets that are vinified there. Whilst firmly anchored in Napa Valley's wine culture, these days Beringer also processes grapes from other Californian growing regions, such as Knights Valley, which is not far from the winery but is part of Sonoma County, and the Central Coast. The estate is also known for its courses (sensory evaluation of wine and pairing wine and food.
The Beringer winery's success story started back in 1868, the year when brothers Jakob and Frederick Beringer made the journey from Mainz to California. They were drawn by the excellent alluvial soils and rocky winegrowing slopes found in the Napa Valley in California. In 1875, the brothers acquired land in St. Helena, and so the winery was born. Today, both the Napa Valley and the Beringer winery are the biggest names in the US wine industry. Beringer currently cultivates around 1,100 hectares of vineyard.
Beringer Vineyards: part of Treasury Wine Estates
After several changes of ownership, in 2000 Beringer Vineyards merged with Australian brewing giant Foster's, which had bought the Australian Mildara Blass Group in 1996. The huge winegrowing group initially traded as Beringer Blass, then as Foster's Wine Estates. In 2011, it was hived off as an independent company under Treasury Wine Estates. Today, as well as Beringer, Treasury Wine Estates is also home to the Wolf Blass, Penfolds and Matua labels. Treasury Wine Estates is one of the world’s biggest wine companies. The big player has the best vintners in its employ, including the winemakers at Beringer, and sustainability and quality are pivotal to all work processes.