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.Learn why Napa Valley is a unique appellation
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.Learn about Los Hermanos wines
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.
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.Read about the Beringer wine tunnels
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.Read more about the historic homes
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.Visit Beringer
Beringer wines win their first awards at the Mechanics Institute Exposition in San Francisco, just the first of many accolades over the years.See Beringer's awards and accolades
Jacob Beringer passes away, and the winery comes under the care of Charles and Bertha Beringer, two of Jacob's children.
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.
Prohibition is repealed and Beringer becomes the first winery to offer public tours, sparking wine tourism in Napa Valley.Read about the various tours offered at Beringer
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.
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.
The 91-year-old Beringer Winery is named a State Historical Landmark.Learn more about the historic property
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.Learn more about Nightingale dessert wine
The Rhine House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Host a private event at the Rhine House
Ed Sbragia joins Beringer as Myron Nightingale's assistant. Together they launch the Private Reserve designation using specifically selected Cabernet and Chardonnay grapes.Learn more about Beringer Private Reserve wines
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."Read about the winemaking process
Ed Sbragia is promoted to Winemaker, becoming only the sixth person to hold the position in Beringer's history.
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.Learn about the history of Napa Valley
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.
Beringer pledges a gift of $1,000,000 to COPIA, the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts in Napa.
Laurie Hook is promoted to Winemaker of Beringer Vineyards. Ed Sbragia stays on as Winemaster Emeritus.
Beringer's 125th anniversary, making it the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley.
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.