Shafer Vineyards was founded in 1972 when, after a successful career in publishing, John Shafer, along with his son Doug, purchased vineyards on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. They purchased 84 acres, 12 of which were planted with vines.A program of replanting and replanting was immediately carried out. From their inception, the Shafers have been very innovative. The aim was to arrive at a completely natural way of growing grapes and making wine. By growing clover and peas, which, in addition to preventing erosion, also form a rich humus layer, bees and other insects are attracted, which ensure optimal pollination and a natural environment. This prevents the use of pesticides. Winemaker Elias Fernandez has been with Shafer since 1994 and is considered one of the most talented winemakers in Napa. Since 2004, Shafer has been the first company in Napa to be completely self-sufficient in energy by installing solar panels on the winery. Shafer has vineyards in several AVAs of Napa Valley such as the famous Stags Leap District surrounding the winery, Yountville and vineyards in the hills towards the eastern Vaca Mountains.