About Us

A Legacy of Excellence

When John Kautz and Gail Kramer became husband and wife, they danced to the classic song “Sentimental Journey.” 

Sentimental journey, indeed. 

John’s grandparents emigrated from Germany and farmed in the Lodi area. Gail grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, the daughter of a prominent attorney who had land in Murphys. She graduated from College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where she met John. 

Over the course of their 60-year union, John and Gail have built a remarkable family and an enviable legacy of excellence. Their wine brands have wowed critics and satisfied countless consumers for close to 30 years. 

The passion John and Gail have for each other, their family, and their community has been captured in every bottle of Kautz & Kramer – wines that embody the best John and Gail have to offer. Anything less, and their names wouldn’t grace the label. 

Kautz & Kramer

Our Wines

Kautz & Kramer Cabernet Sauvignon

Bright aromas of crème Brule vanilla, followed by flavors of ripe plum, cranberry, olive tapenade and a hint of white pepper and eucalyptus. The sweet middle palate is rich and supple. The finish is full of soft lingering tannins.

Kautz & Kramer Chardonnay

Hand selected by Winemaker, Steve Millier, the grapes were harvested at night, so the grapes would arrive to the winery cool to start fermentation. Aromas of apricots, honey, and butterscotch integrate into flavors of vanilla, hazelnut and bananas.

Kautz & Kramer Cabernet Franc

Bright aromas of black cherries and fresh currants that are  followed by flavors of vanilla bean, nutmeg, fig and a hint of black licorice.  The middle is supple and rich with a blackberry-raspberry finish that is full  and lingering.  

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