About Charles Shaw

Charles Shaw

Charles Shaw Vineyard & Winery Napa Valley

Charles Shaw is the Proprietor of OERTHER VINEYARD.  Formerly, he was the Founder of the Charles F. Shaw Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley California.  In 1974, he moved to St. Helena, California in the heart of the Napa Valley from Paris France, to realize his dream of becoming a Napa Valley Vintner.

He purchased 20 acres on Howell Mountain and later another 50 acres north of St. Helena.  The Saint Helena wine estate included a new winery and home surrounded by a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gamay vineyard.  Later, a 65 acre vineyard, called the Star Vineyard, was acquired in partnership with another leading Napa Vintner in Rutherford increasing vineyard interests.

With techniques and inspiration acquired in France, Charles Shaw pioneered the introduction of Burgundy winemaking practices in America, specifically, maceration carbonique or the whole-cluster fermentations used to produce red Burgundy wines.  The winery maintained traditional and time-proven winemaking practices, while utilizing the best in modern advances to the winemaking art.  In addition, throughout the estate vineyards, quality vineyard practices were used to grow the finest possible premium grapes.

The results of these efforts were a succession of outstanding wines which continually won top honors and awards at prestigious wine judgings worldwide.  Several highly acclaimed Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay Beaujolais, and Sauvignon Blanc wines were produced including three White House State Dinner Wine Selections.

One particularly gratifying honor was awarded to the 1985 Estate Bottled Napa Valley Gamay.  The wine was surreptitiously entered into the Macon wine competition in Bourgogne (Burgundy France) by the owners of Louis Jadot, the famous Burgundy producer in Beaune.  The wine won second place to all Cru Beaujolais in the competition in a double blind tasting.  The Jadot owners reported many raised eyebrows amongst the Moulin au Vent, Brouilly, Morgon, and Fleurie producers in the competition, which delighted everyone at Charles Shaw.  For a complete listing of Awards and Honors for Charles Shaw Wines through 1991 Click On:  AWARDS and HONORS

In 1982, MGM Director, Franklin J. Schaffner of Patton fame, selected the Charles F. Shaw Vineyard and Winery as a main location for the filming of Yes, Georgio, a feature film starring Luciano Pavarotti, Kathryn Harold, and Eddie Albert. The scenes included in the film clip below were almost entirely filmed at Charles Shaw’s home and vineyard in the heart of the Napa Valley.

For those interested, the following Links provide considerably more details on the early years of the Charles Shaw Winery in Napa Valley:

“Red” Brochure 1986

Kobrand Brochure 1988

Napa Valley’s House of Burgundy 1988

Francois Freres Barrels Used to Produce Barrel Fermented Chardonnay at Charles Shaw

Crushing Pad at Charles Shaw Napa Valley

6 Comments to About Charles Shaw

  1. Malcolm's Gravatar Malcolm
    March 28, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Best of luck Chuck in this new venture!

    • cfshaw's Gravatar cfshaw
      March 31, 2011 at 5:11 am | Permalink

      Thanks Malcolm. I appreciate you checking out the new site.