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Scherrer Winery

The Scherrer Winery is a small operation focusing on the production of handcrafted wines that express the personality of the vineyards they represent. Owner/winemaker Fred Scherrer completed his technical training at U.C. Davis and then came back to the “Real World” to learn where, when, how, and if to apply science to the art of winemaking. This real world experience included some early days making wine in Alexander Valley and in Mendocino County. He returned to Sonoma County in 1988, making wine at Dehlinger for 10 years. During this time, Fred refined his original philosophy that “winemaking revolves around the vineyard.” Fred began making Zinfandel from his father’s vineyard in 1991. The first vintage consisted of 600 cases. Over the next 5 years, Fred was able to slowly expand production of Zinfandel as he continued his “day job” as winemaker at Dehlinger. In 1997, Fred was able to expand production to include Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from the Scherrer Vineyard and in 1998 began making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Russian River and Sonoma Coast vineyards. This expansion included making the winery a full time occupation and moving into its current location in an insulated metal building near Sebastopol.

Winemaker: Fred Scherrer

Wines Produced

  • - Half Bottles Available
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Zinfandel