Hugh & Monique Davies
Hugh was born in 1965, the same year that his parents, Jack and Jamie Davies, purchased the abandoned Schramsberg Estate in Calistoga. Named President of Schramsberg Vineyards in 2005, Hugh had already spent multiple years as the winemaker and general manager of the winery. He had lived and breathed the winery life since he first walked the vineyards as a toddler. As a young man, he ventured away from home to broaden his experiences; earning a master’s degree in enology from the University of California, Davis, an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College in Maine. He honed his professional skills at Möet et Chandon in Epernay, Petaluma Winery in South Australia, and Mumm Napa Valley. This diverse background has provided Hugh with the knowledge and skills to take the reins of Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards and guide them into the future.
Monique Davies is the young, vibrant matriarch of California’s historic Schramsberg sparkling wine house. She has gracefully followed in the footsteps of Jamie Davies, her late mother-in-law and “Grande Dame” of sparkling wine. Raised in the Napa Valley, she left to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Upon her return to Napa, she took on employment at the exclusive Auberge de Soleil resort, and then was hired on to work at Joseph Phelps Vineyards. During her 13-year tenure at Joseph Phelps, she rose to the position of western regional sales and marketing manager.
In 2004 Monique and Hugh married. In the time since, their shared passion for wine, community and the outdoors have flourished, along with their strong devotion to family. With a striking similarity to Hugh’s childhood, they are raising three sons: Emrys, Nelson and Hugh Jr. on the historic Schramsberg property. Hugh and Monique never rest on the successes of previous years, and are always looking to build upon the winery’s venerable track record of producing world-class wines that rival the best sparkling and still wines available worldwide.