William Jarvis was born in Oklahoma, a dry state! It wasn't until the Navy took him to California that he enjoyed wine for the first time, and he probably appreciated it more at that time than those who grew up with wine.
After attending Annapolis and serving in the Navy, William continued his studies in both technical and liberal arts for eight more years at the University of California Berkeley, Stanford, and various French universities. Turning to business, he headed his own telecommunications company in Silicon Valley.
Leticia Jarvis was born in Puebla, Mexico where she finished her college degree and met William.
After their marriage, William and Leticia traveled and studied abroad, finally adopting France as a part-time residence. For many years, they maintained a Louis XIV Chateau in the Vesle Valley near Reims in Northern France. The two spent time at French universities concentrating in their shared interest, French literature. William and Leticia also enjoyed the many wines found in the different regions they visited, eventually gravitating to the fine Bordeaux reds and Montrachet whites.
Not to neglect Leticia's Spanish culture, Leticia, William and their young son William, spent summer months in Spain. There they studied Spanish literature at Salamanca, the oldest university in Spain, and also came to appreciate Spanish wines and Zarzuela (Spanish Opera).
The two eventually acquired a weekend estate in Napa and slowly immersed themselves in the culture of winemaking. They first spent time studying how to best plant a vineyard. Next came a careful 10 years nurturing the vineyard and finally the winery itself. Built underground to provide the desired cool, humid conditions, the winery utilizes a combination of rotary fermenters and classic oak cuves from Cognac to help create the Jarvis Estate signature style of wines.
Another important activity is a music conservatory the Jarvis' founded in the Napa Valley. Housed in a 100-year-old stone winery building, the Conservatory conducts master classes in the various arts that comprise operas. Their annual opera workshops culminated in area-wide “Festivals of the Zarzuela” bringing Spanish opera to the United States. A Baroque Dance Workshop followed. Leticia is now bringing new art film presentations to Napa including current European opera productions via the internet and presented in High-Definition. Other activities of the Jarvis Conservatory include workshops and performance for the annual Puppet Festival, as well as the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
Both Jarvis Estate and the Jarvis Conservatory draw upon a lifetime of education and are part of the Jarvis’ celebration of their lives passions.
WATCH JARVIS ESTATE'S VIDEO
Jarvis is pleased to have Scott Morrison as our Winemaker at Jarvis Estate. Scott has spent more than a decade making world class wines following his graduation from UC Davis where he studied Viticulture and Enology. At Jarvis, Scott is the hands-on Winemaker where he continues the rich traditions and signature style of wines established by Dimitri Tchelistcheff.
The fourth of five children, Scott was raised in the small town of Carmichael, California. Growing up in a family with rich sporting traditions, Scott enjoyed playing baseball and his skills led him to being pre-approved for early enrollment in UC Davis. Scott started college not knowing what he wanted to become in life, and it was not until a conversation with his father that he became aware of the possibility of pursuing a degree in winemaking. His curiosity aroused, Scott proceeded to work a harvest at Artesa Vineyards and Winery, which was all the confirmation he needed; he was hooked immediately!
After graduation Scott worked harvest internships at Rudd Estate and then South Pacific Cellars in New Zealand, after which he returned stateside to assume the role of Lab Supervisor at The Hess Collection Winery. He later transitioned to Assistant Winemaker at the esteemed Paul Hobbs Winery where he was ultimately promoted to Head Winemaker at Crossbarn, by Paul Hobbs. At this point, feeling the need to transition back to Napa Valley, Scott became the Head Winemaker for William Harrison Vineyards and Winery, where after only a year he was granted the position of General Manager. Scott now draws upon his diverse experiences at small ultra-premium wineries in his role as Winemaker at Jarvis Estate!
Scott lives in Napa with his wife and young child. When not at the winery or in the vineyards, he can often be found enjoying time outside, wood working, or spending time with his family.
JARVIS ESTATE AT NAPA GALA VI
At the Quail Napa Gala VI, Winemaker Scott Morrison will be taking us through his impressive line-up of “new releases” which cover over seven vintages.For the first time in Arizona, Scott will be tasting the Jarvis Tempranillo. If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste through this venerable estate's wines (now with almost 30 vintages) then you owe it to yourself to stop by and taste this incredibly complex portfolio.