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The Camp Davies 2022 Fall Harvest Session, October 9-11, 2022 is being offered via a waitlist. Please contact our Camp Director, Matthew Levy, to be placed on the list. He can be reached at or at 707-942-2408.

Camp Davies is a three-day wine adventure, led by Schramsberg's Vintner Hugh Davies and Chef/Enologist Holly Peterson. The Camp Davies experience uncovers the extraordinary time of harvest in winemaking. Of course, meeting new friends and having fun is a part of it as well. On the first night, you will enjoy a sparkling wine reception and dinner in the historic J. Davies Vineyards at Schramsberg, prepared by one of the Napa Valley's fine chefs. This is your camp orientation and will prepare you for the two days ahead.

On day two, you will start with breakfast at Brasswood Napa Valley. Then it is off to the vineyards with Hugh Davies and Director of Winemaking Sean Thompson, to harvest grapes and learn how viticultural practices, attention to sugar and acid balance, and careful harvest techniques play crucial parts in creating the complex flavors of Davies Vineyards' wines. Then it's on to Davies Winery in St. Helena, where campers expereince "the crush" and follow the evolution of the juice through the winemaking process. For lunch, delicacies prepared by Brasswood's chefs, will be used to illustrate how ingredients can complement and contrast wine flavors. After lunch campers enjoy a full afternoon of interactive education, looking at the cause and effect of food to wine, under the direction of Holly Peterson. The day finishes with an optional library wine dinner (~$165 per person, in addition to the camp fee).

Day three starts with breakfast at Brasswood and is followed by a second tour of Davies Vineyards winery where campers learn the role that punchdowns, pumpovers, and skin contact play with the development of red wines. The morning includes tasting of base wines, on through the finished product, with Hugh Davies and the winemaking team. Lunch, prepared by the Brasswood culinary team, leads into a group wine menu creation contest. The program finishes with awards for the best menus, and a graduation with certificate presentation.

The fee for Camp Davies is $1,600 per person (15% discount for wine club members). Lodging and travel to/from Napa is not included. A recommended lodging list is available by request.

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