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Schmidt Family Vineyards

Schmidt Family Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Paying It Forward

A family operated boutique vineyards and winery located in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon.


Originally from Kansas, Cal moved to the area in 1992 and to Schmidt Family Vineyards in 2000. Owner of 2 family businesses, he fortunately has 2 children! His son, Jim, runs North Western Design which manufactures commercial cabinetry. Rene, his daughter, is Winemaker and lab tech at SFV. Wine and wine making have always been a passion for Cal. Realizing his lifelong dream of owning a vineyard, making wines that are well loved is a great pleasure to him. His involvement as Vice President of Applegate Valley Oregon Vintners’ Association, and Founder of World of Wine show his avid support of Southern Oregon Wines.


Originally from Penna, New York, Judy is a graduate of the University of Oregon. She moved to Oregon with her family in 1992 and then to Schmidt Family Vineyards in 2000. As parents of two children, she and Cal have 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren!

Schmidt Family Vineyards

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Schmidt Family Vineyards, Grants Pass, Oregon
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Body: full, bright

Nose: vanilla, dark fruits, bright, raspberry, oregano

Palate: cranberry, vanilla, bright, fruit forward

Finish: nice acidity, cherry, chocolate

Tannins: medium

Our three generation wine making family has been working hard since 2001 to make clean, full bodied wines from the 20 varietals we have planted on our estate by the Schmidt Family. These wines have been well received and have won many awards and accolades through the years including, “Editors Choice” from Wine Enthusiast, “Best of Class” from the San Francisco Chronicle, “Best of Show” from World of Wine, “Best in Class” from Oregon Wine Experience, “Best in Show” from the Lone Star International Wine Competition along with well over 100 gold medals among other accolades.

Vineyard: SFV Estate

Alcohol: 13.5 % ABV

Sugar: .3 g/L

pH: 3.57

Aging: 18 months French Oak 50% new

Brix at Harvest: 22.6

A Cellar 503 selection in January 2024, Sense of Place 2024 Applegate Valley | Cabernet Sauvignon