School House Vineyard
School House Vineyard is named after an old school house that was once located on the property. Unfortunately, this 90 year old structure burned down in the 1980s. But its memory lives on with each vintage produced by School House Vineyard.
Situated at about 1,500 feet above sea level, the vineyard was originally planted in the 1890s with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouchet, and Grand Noir. After falling into disrepair in the early 20th century, John O. Gantner began revitalizing the property in the 1950s.
Around this time, Gantner acquired some extraordinary Pinot Noir budwood from the legendary Domaine de Romanee Conti Grand Cru in the Cote de Nuit of Burgundy. John Daniel Jr. of Inglenook gave Gantner this highly pedigreed Pinot Noir.
Grapes from the vineyard have been produced into outstanding wines ever since; a very long time by Napa Valley standards. In the winery’s words, the property was, “cult before cult was cool.”
In addition to Pinot Noir, School House Vineyard currently produces Chardonnay and Mescolanza, “the venerable field blend of red varieties.” An appointment is required to visit this small Spring Mountain winery.