Scharffenberger Cellars Winery
The tasting room is open from 11am to 5pm daily, excluding holidays. There is a small tasting fee which can be applied to bottle purchases. Wine can also be purchased by the glass or bottle. The tasting room is casual and welcoming. Local artwork is displayed and available for purchase. Visitors can call ahead (minimum 48 hours) and order a picnic for 2. In addition to the tasting room, visitors may also enjoy their wine on the porch or in the gardens.
Wine club members can choose either 2 shipments per year or quarterly shipments along with newsletters and winery information. Members taste free at the winery.
Type of Producer
Scharffenberger owns about 120 acres of vineyards in the Anderson Valley and also has long term contracts with specific vineyards in Mendocino County.
Overall Producer Style
Soft, crisp and fruit forward. Scharffenberger wines undergo malolactic fermentation for the most part, giving them a subtle smoothness.
About 30,000 cases are produced annually.
Group Ownership: Louis Roederer
Tex Sawyer (since 1989)
Tex was born in San Antonio, Texas into an Air Force family. While studying biochemistry at Cal Poly he became intrigued with winemaking. He ended up earning an M.S. in food science with specialization in enology from U.C. Davis. After working at other California wineries he joined Scharffenberger in 1989.
Located in the heart of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, California, Scharffenberger Cellars has gone through many changes since its beginnings in 1981. With Roederer Estates only a few miles away, it seems natural that both wineries are under the Louis Roederer group umbrella. The two share several resources, but remain separate with noticeably different practices and wine styles.
Scharffenberger Cellars was originally founded in 1981 by John Scharffenberger with an investment from the Pommery Champagne House. When Pommery became part of LVMH (Möet Hennessy • Louis Vuitton), Scharffenberger was transferred to the Veuve Clicquot external portfolio. John Scharffenberger left the company in 1996 to pursue property development and his chocolate company, Scharffen Berger. 1998, the winery retained the Scharffenberger name but switched the brand name to Pacific Echo. Roederer purchased the winery from LVMH in 2003 and changed the brand name back to Scharffenberger in 2004.
Scharffenberger Cellars Contact Information
8501 Highay 128
Philo, CA 95466
Open Days / Hours
Open daily: 11am-5pm excluding holidays.
Please contact Scharffenberger Cellars directly for updates on open days, information about tours, etc.
- About the winery and it's key people
- Contact and tour information
- A history of the winery
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