Herzog Wine Cellars
To us, Herzog isn’t just a winery. It’s our family name. Our family has been making wine for 150 years, and our winemaking traditions stretch back over nine generations. We are telling our family story, and each vintage is a new chapter.
Herzog Wine Cellars is dedicated to crafting fine California wines, and sharing them with people around the world. This drive has led the Herzog label to offer a wide selection of styles, textures and varietals that highlight the diversities of California wine country.
A winemaking tradition,
nine generations in the making
In a world far away from ours in a time long forgotten, the Herzog family began making wine. The Austro-Hungarian Empire of the late 19th century was known for its progressive culture and innovative manufacturing. Emperor Franz Joseph, familiar with the Herzog family’s wines, made Phillip Herzog a baron and asked him to produce wine for the royal court. So began the story of wine makers who fled the Nazis, sailed an ocean, and then crossed a continent.
In 1985, eight generations after the Herzog family began making wine, David Herzog moved the operation from New York to California’s finest terroirs in Napa Valley, Lodi and Clarksburg. In tribute to their founder, the Herzog family started the ‘Baron Herzog’ wine label.
For the Herzog family, making wine is not just a business. It is a privilege that enables them to honor their ancestors with each varietal, each style, each bottle.
You go to where
the grapes are
Watching Proprietor and Vice President Joseph Herzog in a vineyard is to watch what happens when viticulture meets alchemy. He smells the air. Lets the soil sift through his fingers. Feels the sunlight on his face. Measures the temperature. Examines the place where the roots of the vine will seek the nutrition that produces the grape.
That grape comes home to a state-of-the-art winery in Ventura County, California.
Custom building your own winery has its advantages. Herzog Wine Cellars was carefully designed as a perfect environment for both “boutique” and “large lot” wine making. It’s like having two wineries in one.
Each grape entering our tank room is treated gently. A de-stemming machine separates every grape from its rachis (stem) to ensure that every flavor in the grape is preserved – just as it was fresh from the vine. This is crucial in preserving the tannins of a wine which reside between the skin and pulp of the grape.
Artisans know that some grapes lend themselves to large lots and others to exclusive boutique blends. At Herzog, our tank room and barrel cellar are designed for both. The Herzog Barrel Cellar is the nursery where up to 2,500 barrels of our reserve wines ‘sleep’ at the ideal temperature and humidity.
It is a modern facility that belies the century and a half of history that brought us here to the place where we make wine. We set out to make great wines and we make those who came before us proud.