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A Walk Through Time

Beringer is built on heritage



Jacob Beringer arrives in California and becomes Cellar Foreman for Charles Krug, one of the first commercial winemakers in Napa Valley. Krug's business was right next to the property that would become Beringer winery.

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Jacob Beringer


Jacob and his brother Frederick purchase 215 acres in St. Helena for $14,500. This parcel of land, known first as Los Hermanos (The Brothers), will become the heart of the Beringer estate.

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Beringer Brothers


The Beringer Brothers oversee their first harvest and their first crush. With Jacob serving as Winemaker and Frederick as financier, the brothers made approximately 40,000 gallons of wine, or 18,000 cases that first year.

First Crush


The first two floors of Old Stone Winery are completed, and Chinese workers begin digging 1,200 linear feet of tunnel where the wine will be aged and stored.

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the tunnel


To make room for what is now known as the Rhine House, Frederick Beringer has Jacob's residence, Hudson House, moved, literally, using horses and logs to transfer it 200 feet north.

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Rhine House is built


The brothers plant the Elm trees that now form a verdant tunnel along Main Street, which runs in front of the winery in St. Helena.

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planting of the elms


Beringer wines win their first awards at the Mechanics Institute Exposition in San Francisco, just the first of many accolades over the years.

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Beringer wins awards



Frederick Beringer passes away, leaving Jacob Beringer sole proprietor of the Beringer winery.

Jacob Beringer


Jacob Beringer passes away, and the winery comes under the care of Charles and Bertha Beringer, two of Jacob's children.

Bertha Beringer

1920 – 1933:

The winery continues to operate through Prohibition under a federal license that allows wine to be made for religious purposes, so Beringer could sell sacramental wine to churches.

Beringer during Prohibition


Prohibition is repealed and Beringer becomes the first winery to offer public tours, sparking wine tourism in Napa Valley.

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wine tourism in Napa Valley


During the Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco, Winemaker Fred Abruzzini distributes flyers and maps showing "the main highways to Beringer Bros. Winery and other interesting points...," further establishing Napa Valley as a tourist destination.

the main highways to Beringer Bros. Winery and other interesting points


Hollywood stars, like Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, visit the winery, and Beringer sells 40,000 cases of wine a year throughout the decade, which was a respectable figure for the time.

Hollywood stars at Beringer


The 91-year-old Beringer Winery is named a State Historical Landmark.

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Beringer Winery is named a State Historical Landmark


Myron Nightingale joins Beringer as just the fifth winemaker in the winery's nearly 100-year history. He developed a special French Sauterne–style wine called, aptly, Nightingale, which is still made and bottled at the winery today.

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Myron Nightingale


The Rhine House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Rhine House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places


Ed Sbragia joins Beringer as Myron Nightingale's assistant. Together they launch the Private Reserve designation using specifically selected Cabernet and Chardonnay grapes.

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Ed Sbragia joins Beringer


Beringer begins fermenting Chardonnay and Cabernet in French oak barrels.

Cabernet in French oak barrels


Bob Steinhauer becomes vineyard manager, and he and Ed begin what will become a legendary partnership. "Bob always says he gives me diamonds," Ed says, "and it's up to me to polish them."

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Bob Steinhauer becomes vineyard manager


Ed Sbragia is promoted to Winemaker, becoming only the sixth person to hold the position in Beringer's history.

Ed Sbragia - Winemaker


Beringer commissions a fountain celebrating the first grapes planted in Napa Valley 150 years earlier. Sculpted by Ruth Asawa, it stands in the courtyard behind the Rhine House.

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Fountain by Ruth Asawa


Beringer becomes the first winery to develop a formal research and sensory evaluation program. Today, more than 250 employees participate in research and sensory trials.

Wine research and sensory evaluation program


Wine Spectator names the Beringer 1986 Cabernet Sauvignon #1 Wine of the Year.

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon #1 Wine of the Year


Wine Spectator names the Beringer 1994 Chardonnay #1 Wine of the Year. Not only is it the first time a white wine has garnered this coveted award, but Beringer now has the distinction of being the first and only winery to have both a white and a red wine named #1 Wine of the Year.

Chardonnay #1 Wine of the Year



Beringer pledges a gift of $1,000,000 to COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa.

$1,000,000 gift to COPIA


Laurie Hook is promoted to Winemaker of Beringer Vineyards. Ed Sbragia stays on as Winemaster Emeritus.

Laurie Hook


Beringer's 125th anniversary, making it the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley.

Beringer's 125th anniversary


Maximus, the world's largest bottle of wine, is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The bottle, which contained 173 bottles of Beringer 2001 Private Reserve Cabernet, sold for $47,500 at a charity auction.


Beringer expands into Central Coast; Wine Spectator names the Beringer 2009 Knights Valley Reserve #8 Wine of the Year

Beringer expands to Knights Valley