Schermeister Winery reopens and will close again for all the right reasons
By Melissa Dowling
Winemaker Rob Schermeister and his wife and business partner, Laura, are excited to announce the reopening of their Glen Ellen tasting room after a six-month closure. They had to close in August 2021 because they sold out due to strong demand from those seeking under-the-radar natural wines.
When reflecting on their journey, Rob said, “While we do have high standards regarding our winemaking philosophy, our relaxed and approachable vibe is what makes people feel connected to what we’re doing. I think that we inspire others with an engaging experience that sparks curiosity about how great wine is made. That is what sets us apart.”
Schermeister wines are currently nearly entirely allocated to members, but tasting reservations and limited stock are available to the public this spring. “We’re looking at another sellout of our wines by early June,” Laura notes. “Members and Glen Ellen neighbors have seen us learn, adapt, and grow over the past few years and we feel our community rooting for us. To have that kind of genuine support is how we know that we’re in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. You can actually taste the talent and passion in every wine that Rob makes. I’m really proud of how far we’ve come.”
Regarding the success of their small family business, guest relations manager and wine dog Eli says, “Is it time to eat yet?”
All Schermeister wines are native fermented, unfiltered, unfined, sustainably farmed, and vegan-friendly. Schermeister is accepting new members until June, and a wait-list will be in place until November. The tasting room is located in the Jack London Village at 14301 Arnold Dr., Studio 28, in Glen Ellen, and the Schermeisters can be reached at (707) 934-8953 or [email protected] Reservations for tastings with Rob, Laura, and Eli can be made online at opentable.com.