“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Calistoga in Napa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Schramsberg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
1. Schramsberg Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1862 by Jacob Schram. This was the first hillside winery of the Napa Valley. Robert Louis Stevenson, visiting here in 1880, devoted a chapter of his “Silverado Squatters” to Schramsberg and its wines. Ambrose Bierce and Lilly Hitchcock Coit were other cherished friends. The original house and winery have been excellently preserved.
Erected 1957 by California State Park Commission and Napa Valley Historical Society. (Marker Number 561.)
Location. 38° 33.161′ N, 122° 31.89′ W. Marker is in Calistoga, California, in Napa County. Marker is on Schramsberg Road west of California Highway 29. Click for map. Marker is located at the end of Schramsberg Road at the Winery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 Schramsberg Road, Calistoga CA 94515, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Reason P. Tucker (approx. half a mile away); Larkmead Winery / Kornell Cellars (approx. 0.6 miles away); The White Church (approx. one mile away); Bale Grist Mill (approx. 1.4 miles away); Dr. Edward Turner Bale (approx.
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
2. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
1.5 miles away); Calistoga Depot (approx. 3.2 miles away); Mount View Hotel (approx. 3.2 miles away); Calistoga City Hall (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Calistoga.
Regarding Schramsberg. This site was designated as a California Registered Historical Landmark on December 31, 1956.

This site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1998, #98001251
Also see . . .
1. Jacob Schram and the Early Days. They began to clear the wooded and wild land, building a rustic cabin to shelter them from the weather. They planted European varietals, and began to produce wine. Jacob remained a barber to supplement his income, while the work at Schramsberg continued. After fully realizing the summer heat in the area, he hired Chinese workers to help him dig his cool underground cellars. Annie was often left in charge of the hired hands as Jacob visited fellow vintners in the valley, and took on the role of salesman both near and far. (Submitted on May 4, 2009.) 

2. Robert Lewis Stevenson. ”I was interested in California wine. Indeed, I am interested in all
Schramsberg Winery image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
3. Schramsberg Winery
wines and have have been all my life, from the raisin wine that a school-fellow kept secreted in his play-box up to my last discovery, those notable Valtellines that once shone upon the board of Caesar... A California vineyard, one of man's outposts in the wilderness, has features of its own. There is nothing here to remind you of the Rhine or Rhone, of the low cote d'or or the infamous and scabby deserts of Champagne; but all is green, solitary, covert. We visited two of them, Mr. Schram's and Mr. McEachran's, sharing the same glen..."
(from The Silverado Squatters, 1883) (Submitted on May 4, 2009.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,082 times since then and 84 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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