Schug Carneros Estate Winery

Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California's most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug's reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Bacchus and Eisele Vineyards).

Drawing on his long experience in the production of fine wines in both Europe and California, Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart.

In 1995 Sonoma-born winemaker Michael Cox came on board at Schug. Trained in Enology at UC Davis, Mike worked in several Californian wineries before he was lured from Napa Valley to Carneros - Sonoma, to work with Walter Schug as his assistant winemaker. One year later he was promoted to Winemaker and placed in charge of the day-to-day winemaking duties, where he remains today.

Schug Carneros Estate Winery combines old world understanding and tradition with modern winemaking techniques. By using only the finest grapes available, and maintaining the best winemaking values, these wines have gained acceptance worldwide as true contemporary classics.

602 Bonneau Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
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800-966-9365 (phone)
707-939-9364 (fax)

Featured Wines

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Reisling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sparkling

Tasting Info

We invite you to come and visit us at the winery. The Schug Carneros Estate is situated 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Sonoma and is open to the public daily from 10am to 5pm.

The drive up from Bonneau Road will take you through our vineyards and rose borders to where the winery building is tucked into a hillside containing underground barrel caves. Behind the German style post-and-beam building, there is a vista point with a 360º view of the surrounding area and the opportunity to see as far as Mount Diablo on a clear day.

Picnic tables are also available for use by our visitors.

Self guided vineyard tours available!
Spend some time outdoors walking through the vineyards at your own pace. While these tours are excellent during summer, they are available year-round. The program, started in 2010 by the Sonoma County Winegrowers, allows you to take no-appointment, self-guided winery vineyard tours. Just stop in the tasting room to pick up a detailed walking-tour guide and points of interest will be clearly marked along the route. Not only do you get to stroll among the vines, but you’ll see up-close how they’re pruned and what the different varietals look like.

  • The tasting room is open daily 10am – 5pm.
  • $10.00 tasting fee for under 5 people.
  • Groups of 6 or more people, please see Tour & Tasting Program below and contact the winery in advance.
  • Private tours and tastings available by appointment.

    Click here to view our tour & tasting program and prices.

To schedule a Private Tour & Tasting please contact Kate Shields
800-966-9365 ext 206 or e-mail:

Tasting Room telephone: 800-966-9365 ext 202 (toll free)
or 707-939-9363 ext 202.

To schedule a tour and tasting for members of the trade email