The origins of Scheid Vineyards, in Monterey County, extend back to 1972 and at that time, Al Scheid probably never imagined what his business would become. Starting as a tax shelter, the business would eventually evolve into a passion for the Scheid family, producing some delicious and interesting wines.
Initially, the business, created as a tax shelter, was called the Monterey Farming Corporation and they purchased land to plant vineyards, selling the grapes to various producers. This continued for about fifteen years, when Al brought his eldest son, Scott, on board and then, in 1988, they hired Kurt Gollnick, viticulturist, as General Manager of Vineyard Operations. They initiated some improvements to their vineyards and in the early 1990s, Al brought his daughter, Heidi, into the business.
At some point, it seems a passion for winemaking took hold. The Scheids bought out all their business partners, redeveloped their vineyards, bought additional vineyards, and began their own label. Currently, they own eleven estate vineyards, located along a 70-mile span of the Salinas Valley, that grow 39 varietals and 20 clones of Pinot Noir. They operate two wineries, including a large one which produces custom-made wines for other companies, the greatest part of their business. Their smaller winery is used to produce wines for their own label. Scheid Vineyards are also committed to sustainability on several levels, including environmentally sound practices, social equity, and economic viability. All of their vineyards are certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
Scheid Vineyards has been increasing its emphasis on selling their own wine, and in 2017, their case sales increased about 5% to $12.7 Million, compared to $12.1 Million in 2016. I received some media samples of three of their wines, all low production, and really enjoyed their taste and diversity. All three are great choices for the summer, especially paired with food.