Born in Sonoma County, Andrew gained a passion for winemaking early in life being surrounded by vineyards on the family property on Spring Mountain, high above St. Helena. While in high school, he spent summers working in a variety of capacities at local wineries including Gloria Ferrer and ZD.
In 1988, Andrew started his formal training in winemaking at the University of California, Davis. While keeping a full schedule at school, he expanded his winemaking experience by working at various wineries, including Joseph Phelps and Trefethen Vineyards. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in enology and microbiology and a minor in viticulture and music history, Schweiger set right to work at Chateau St. Jean, and a few years later at Cain Cellars.
When the time came in 1994 for Schweiger Vineyards to begin wine production, Andrew was able to balance his work load and oversee all the winemaking operations at Schweiger in addition to his full time obligations. Finally, the big step forward came in 1999 when Schweiger Vineyards chose to stop selling fruit to other wineries, and Andrew took the leap to Schweiger Vineyards full time.
During his tenure as winemaker, Schweiger Vineyards expanded from growing Estate Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon to growing six varietals. Guests now enjoy Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Port, two micro block Cabernet Sauvignons, and his signature Bordeaux-style blend, Dedication®. Andrew’s role as Winemaker takes him on journeys worldwide to improve his craft. Andrew firmly believes that great wines start in the vineyard, so there’s no telling if you’ll find him in the cellar or out in the vineyard on any given day.
Andrew currently resides in St. Helena with his wife Paula and two children, Jerry and Megan. In his free time he also enjoys cooking, ice hockey (Go Sharks!) and playing music.