Shafer Vineyards


Shafer Vineyards stands out as a luminary in the world of California Cult wines, a designation that puts it in the same league as illustrious names like Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate.


  • 100 Point Scores: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignons
  • Most Popular: Shafer's Hillside Select, noted for its rich concentration and velvety tannins.
  • Highest Achievement: Induction into the Culinary Institute of America's Vintners Hall of Fame.

Provenance & Masters Behind the Bottle

Established in 1972, Shafer Vineyards was founded by John Shafer, a publishing executive turned viticulturist. The estate is now expertly managed by his son, Doug Shafer, who also serves as the winemaker. Doug is particularly renowned for pioneering a meticulous approach to fermentation, leveraging smaller tanks for more nuanced flavor profiles.

Vineyard & Craftsmanship

Nestled in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, the vineyard spans a mere 200 acres, contributing to the scarcity of these treasured wines. Its unique soil composition, a mix of volcanic and loam, complements the primarily Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Attention to detail is evident in their selective harvesting, ensuring only optimal grape clusters make the cut.

Aging & Investment Value

Shafer wines display excellent aging potential, with older vintages gaining complexity without losing vitality. As these wines often reach their peak after a decade or more in the bottle, they provide an enticing investment avenue for collectors, promising both taste and financial rewards.


Perfect wine for the Holidays

opus one 2013

2013 Opus One

Red Bordeaux Blend

America / California / Napa Valley / Oakville

RP 98
V 97