Jarvis Estate Winery
Jarvis Estate, founded in 1986 by William & Leticia Jarvis and represented at the Destin Charity Wine Auction by Winemaker Scott Morrison, is nestled alongside the eastern slopes of Napa Valley about 1,000 feet above the valley floor. The higher elevation allows for a slightly cooler climate and longer growing season, which gives the grapes more time to develop intense and nuanced flavors. This, together with the mountain terrain of the vineyards, creates a unique micro-climate that is beautifully reflected year after year in Jarvis wines. The winery itself is both a visual and technical masterpiece, as the entirety of the 45,000 square foot facility is housed completely underground in a state-of-the-art cave system excavated into the rugged Vaca Mountain Range.
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 a 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 wine making. His curiosity aroused, Scott proceeded to work a harvest at Artesa Vineyards and Winery, which was all the confirmation he needed; he was hooked.
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 two 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.