In 1826, in the small town of Pfeddersheim Germany, along the Rhine River, Jacob Schram was born. He came from a winemaking family. When he was sixteen, the young Schram immigrated to New York. He was educated in the trade of barbering, and in 1852 sailed across the Caribbean, crossed-over the Panama Isthmus, and continued up to San Francisco. He spent the next several years barbering, eventually moving his way north, to the Napa Valley.
In 1859 he married Annie Christine Weaver, also from Germany, and they started a family. For several years he continued to barber full time. Never far from his thoughts were his homeland and his roots in the vinelands of Germany. In 1862, Jacob purchased a large piece of land on the mountainsides of the Napa Valley. He was going to be a part of the emerging efforts by many fellow German countrymen in the Napa Valley to make wine; thus Schramsberg was born
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1400 Schramsberg Road,
Calistoga, CA, 94515
Keith Hock earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Enology from California State University Fresno. Previous to his studies at Fresno State, he was a professional cyclist, living in France and Norway. Keith ’s experience with cycling taught him team building and goal setting skills and most importantly patience. Using these valuable skills, Keith brings together all the winemaking elements from vineyard to bottle. After graduating from Fresno, Keith worked at Rudd Estate in Oakville, CA. He was mentored by David Ramey and learned to source Chardonnay from the diverse North Coast regions. Following his experience with Rudd Estate, Keith moved on to Saintsbury Winery where he continued his education in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production.
Growing up in the diverse agricultural region of Sonoma County, Sean acquired an interest in the cultivation, preparation, and digestion of the bounty of the earth. His desire to continue living among agriculture led him to his first round at the University of California, Davis earning, in 1992, his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry with minors in tractor maintenance, and driving buses and tomato trucks. Returning to Sonoma County, Sean started his career in winemaking with Beringer at the old Italian Swiss Colony in Asti. The hook was set with the discovery of the diversity of flavors and aromas produced by the simple grape and its fermentation. Sean would continue his enological exploration with the fermentation of red wines when he moved to Napa for a position at the Merlot house of Rutherford Hill Winery.