Amador County

Scott Harvey Highlights for 2012

by Jana Harvey on December 28, 2012

What a terrific year we’ve had spending time with our Wine Club members and customers.  As the year draws to a close, we’ve been reminiscing on some of the great times we shared.

The grape stomp at the Norton Vineyard (Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard) was a standout.  What amazing competitors we had.


The Victors

The Victors

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Scott Harvey Wines Annual Grape Stomp – A Photo Blog

by Connie Schlelein on October 7, 2012

Guests arrive for Scott Harvey Grape Stomp

Guests arrive for the Scott Harvey Grape Stomp

The much anticipated Scott Harvey Wines Grape Stomp 2012 is one for the history books! Here’s a photolog of the fun, the splash, and the results. Grape Stompers arrive with their kids and dogs in tow, anticipating the annual Amador County Scott Harvey Wine Club’s Grape Stomp Competition. Greeting them is Wine Club Manager, Monica Bennion, who helps them begin to quench their thirst with some great Scott Harvey Wine.


Grape Stomp Photos…

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Vineyards in the Middle of the Atlantic Ocean

by Jana Harvey on July 1, 2012

Horta, Azores

Viewing all of the messages from crews making their way across the Atlantic

This was the second stop as Scott and I crossed the Atlantic on the Oceania cruise ship.  The Azores are an archipelago of nine Portuguese islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean–about 950 miles west of Lisbon.   We had an opportunity to visit two of the islands–Horta and Ponta Delgada.  Faial Island was the smaller of the two and looked like an ideal spot to take a break for yachts crossing the Atlantic in the town of Horta.  The sea wall is covered with hundreds of paintings and messages left by the sea-travelers who call in at the port.  In 1957 there was a great volcanic eruption and many of the residents were unable to make a living as their farms were covered with ash.  Many of the inhabitants emigrated to the U.S. aided by Senator John F. Kennedy.  A large number settled in the Central Valley of California.  Continue Reading


Becoming a Winemaker can be a Great Adventure

by Scott Harvey on June 7, 2012

Scott Harvey hitchiking across the U.S.

Scott leaving the Sierras for Florida

Back in 1972 I was sent to Germany as a high school AFS (American Field Service) exchange student.  It changed my life.  I was placed in a  wine making region (Rheinland Pfalz) with a family that was indirectly involved in the wine industry.  I spent much of my time working in the vineyards and enjoying the wines.  Not bad for an 18 year old who could not legally drink at home.  It was then that I was bitten by the wine bug and dreamed about becoming a winemaker.
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Recently in the Smithsonian Magazine in the “Off The Road” section there was a mention about America’s Oldest Documented Zinfandel Vineyard located in Amador County, “Vineyard 1869”.
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This is a vineyard I purchased in 1984.  I was the fourth owner of the vineyard since it came into existence during California’s Gold Rush Era.  The land the vineyard is on was originally settled by the Upton family as a gold mining claim.  The Upton family along with the neighboring Ruff family planted a zinfandel vineyard that spanned across both their mining claims.  Many vineyards were planted during this time to supply the thirsty miners of the thriving gold camps.  A few still exist to this day.  Some may be older and some younger, but Vineyard 1869 is the only one that has documentation proving its age.  That is why we call it “America’s Oldest Documented Zinfandel Vineyard.” [click to continue…]


Barbera…the Rising Star

by Monica Bennion on June 15, 2015

2015 Barbera FestivalAs a Scott Harvey Wines fan, there’s no doubt that you and your family and friends have enjoyed a glass or two (ok, maybe more like a couple of cases) of Scott’s award winning Amador County Barbera.  But what is it about this spectacular and still unheard of variety that has everyone hooked at first sip?  In this blog we will outline a brief history of Barbera and discuss some of the nuances that make Barbera the rising star of Amador County.

Although still an unheard of variety to many in the United States, Barbera has been referenced as early as 663AD.  Originating in the Piedmont region of Italy, Barbera was well established by the 13thcentury, and is the second most planted grape in Italy, next to Sangiovese.  Despite the fact that Barbera grows and thrives in Italy, it has not always had a great reputation in the Mediterranean.  Lesser produced varieties of Nebbiolo and Dolcetto won the respect and admiration of wine lovers in Italy, and left Barbera “on the table,” so to speak.

Barbera is, by nature, an acidic grape, and if not grown or produced properly it can present as tart, acidic and lacking in character and flavor.  Before proper production, it seemed Barbera’s only redeeming quality was its “value.”  In short, it was inexpensive and easily accessible, making it a great wine to use in blends.  Today, Barbera is shedding the underrated reputation and is making a name of its own.  You can find high quality hand crafted Barbera in stores, cellars and restaurants, here at home and internationally.  Heck, it even has its own festival every June in Amador County.
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The then and now of Grape Stomping

October 5, 2010

Those of us who are Baby Boomers have etched in our memories the image of Lucy and Ethel stomping grapes in large wooden vats. For many of us, it’s the epitome of winemaking. Life throws many challenges at winemakers as we wrestle with transforming those beautiful grapes into a wonderful bottle of wine. This year, […]

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High Elevation Winemaking- seminar at Unified Grape Symposium

January 31, 2010

Scott was asked to be on a panel at the Unified symposium held in Sacramento last week.  This is the largest event of its kind in the western hemisphere.  11,000 people attended this event.  Below is a synopsis of Scott Harvey's comments on high altitude/high latitude grape growing.   I was first bitten by the […]

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