For over thirty years, the prestigious Private Reserve wines have offered the best that Beringer and the Napa Valley have to offer. Built on generations of winemaking expertise and crafted from a prized collection of single vineyards, these wines epitomize the transcendent quality attainable through masterful blending. Beringer applies the designation of Private Reserve only to the wines that come from the finest grapes from the best vineyards, made with the most exacting winemaking techniques. The only year a Private Reserve vintage was not achieved was 1979, when photosynthetic shock, or heat shock, prevented the vines from producing grapes.
The running mate to the Cabernet, Beringer's Private Reserve Chardonnay highlights the richness and complexity of this varietal and has been a benchmark Chardonnay since its first vintage in 1978. This wine is usually a single-vineyard Chardonnay sourced from the Gamble Ranch Vineyard in Oakville. Gamble is heralded for its intensely flavored fruit and balanced structure. The 1994 Private Reserve Chardonnay was awarded "Wine of the Year" by Wine Spectator.Shop Private Reserve Chardonnay
In 1977, Winemaker Myron Nightingale and then Assistant Winemaker Ed Sbragia set out to make the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon possible. They acquired grapes from Lemmon Ranch (later renamed Chabot Vineyard), and immediately knew they had the makings of a distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. This dark, chewy, robust wine spent 2 years in French oak barrels before winning gold medal as best Cabernet in show at the 1981 Orange County Fair. The limited amount produced was released as Beringer's first Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and began the remarkable Private Reserve program. The 1986 vintage was later named the #1 Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator. Today, Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon remains the most prized and revered wine in Beringer's portfolio, and is known for its standard of quality, consistency and balance. After three decades producing these reserve wines, the goal remains unchanged: to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon that Napa Valley can produce - an achievement that has surpassed even Jacob Beringer's ambitious early vision for the winery.Shop Private Reserve Cabernet
The techniques used to make this special Sauterne-style dessert wine were developed by Myron Nightingale, Winemaker from 1971–1985, and his wife Alice. Three decades were spent in developing their method for making a wine in the style of the classic French Sauternes. The intense flavors that come from this wine are remarkable, and it is a beautiful demonstration of how science and art can come together in winemaking.Shop Nightingale
Beringer farms an extraordinary collection of seven single vineyard sites including several at mountain-top elevations. Hailing from Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, Mt. Veeder, and St. Helena, these single vineyards deliver unique styles of Cabernet Sauvignon that are combined to form our flagship Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
When vintage conditions allow, Beringer also produces small individual vineyard bottlings from the sites that go into Private Reserve. These single vineyard wines are the utmost expression of each vintage and of site-specific terroir. Because of the very limited nature of these bottlings, our single vineyard Cabernets are available for sale only through our web site and at our winery. You can also find our Bancroft Ranch Merlot at fine restaurants and wine shops.
Bancroft Ranch Merlot (Howell Mountain)
Bancroft Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)
Chabot Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena)
Lampyridae Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Mt. Veeder)
Marston Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Spring Mountain)
St. Helena Home Cabernet Sauvignon (St. Helena)
Steinhauer Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)
Vogt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain)
Each of our Distinction Series wines has a unique story about what makes it special. From remarkable vineyard expression to master blending expertise, these wines epitomize elegance. This collection includes Quantum Red Blend, Luminus Chardonnay and Knights Valley Reserve Cabernet.
Beringer is pleased to introduce Beringer Luminus. This elegant, balanced Chardonnay reflects the unique terroir of the Oak Knoll district and is noted by its distinct focus.Learn more about the vineyards of the Oak Knoll district
A quantum is the smallest unit of energy achievable in science. The combination of these tiny particles results in a system of great expression and complexity. Similarly in wine, each grape varietal offers unique flavor and structure, and each vineyard contributes yet another unique expression of those characteristics. The blend of this wine shifts from vintage to vintage, driven by the evolving varietal expressions each year.Learn more about master blending
Knights Valley is the perfect place for a unique style of Cabernet Sauvignon, and there are a few extraordinary blocks within this vineyard that offer the truest, most distinctive expression of the Knights Valley terroir. The 2009 vintage marked the launch of Knights Valley Reserve, and was awarded Wine Spectator's #8 Wine of 2012.Learn more about Knights Valley
Since 1876, Beringer has been a pioneer in California winemaking. We were the first winery to experiment with gravity-flow fermentation techniques; we dug the first naturally temperature-controlled caves by hand in the 1880s; and were the first winery to open our doors to tourism after Prohibition. In the 1960s we pioneered vineyard development in Knights Valley, a small and ruggedly beautiful region just northwest of the Beringer winery. Then in the 1970s, at the start of Central Coast winemaking, we started developing our holdings in this region.
Now, as a result of decades of pioneering, Beringer farms a diverse and expressive series of vineyards across Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and the California Central Coast. Each site celebrates varietals that grow particularly well in that region, and all of our vineyards are certified sustainable. Beringer Regional Estates wines celebrate our pioneering history and our amazing vineyard sites across California.
Beringer The Waymaker Red Blend
Beringer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay
Beringer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Beringer Founders' Estate wines combine the legacy of Beringer quality with everyday value. Founders' Estate wines are meant to be enjoyed immediately, and they display a delicate balance of fruit and acidity, so they can be paired with a variety of foods. Each varietal is true to its classic characteristics, with a consistently smooth and fruit-forward profile.
Fruit-forward and smooth, Beringer Classics are some of the best-selling wines in the country. Casual wines for casual wine drinkers, the Classics are made for colorful everyday enjoyment. The grapes for the Classics are harvested from vines that grow bathed in warm sunshine the majority of the day, yielding the ripe, sun-kissed flavors particular to these wines.
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Beringer Sparkling wines are festive, effervescent wines made by traditional techniques that highlight each varietal's vibrant fruit flavors and spicy nuances.
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Our Modern Heritage Collection honors the brothers' legacy with classic Napa varietals, and celebrates their pioneering achievements with a modern style. The Modern Heritage blends created by Winemaker Laurie Hook reflect the remarkable collection of Napa Valley vineyards and unique winemaking legacy that Beringer has been known for since 1876.