The Partnership Between Cooper and Winemaker Continues

 Heritage describes the rich tradition of the Master Coopers and tradesmen who create our barrels and the winemakers who use them.

Heritage Barrels, LLC represents a select group of these individuals whose dedication to quality and meticulous attention to detail are unique in this day of mass production.

The partners of Heritage Barrels, LLC:

  • Jeff Jaeger
  • Rich Davis
  • Eric Mercier
  • John Schilter

The partners of Heritage Barrels, LLC have over 150 years of combine wine industry experience in winemaking, vineyard management, wood sourcing, barrel making and servicing the wine industry.

Our goal is to provide barrels to compliment your skillfully crafted wines. We thoroughly understand the importance of providing the vessels which will hold the fruit of your labor.

We recognize that the cycle of producing your wines is long-term and represents an important investment in time, energy and financial resources. Your partnership with us is one that will grow and develop over time, much like a fine wine.

I want to thank you for the opportunity to work together.




John Schilter has been in the wine industry for over 20 years. He graduated from U.C. Davis in 1988 with a B.S. in Fermentation Science and in 2002 with an MBA in Finance & Marketing.

Upon graduation from Davis in 1988, John worked in Europe for 1 ½ years, including a harvest in the Médoc, before returning to California to work as a winemaker.

In 1995, he joined Seguin Moreau where he worked for ten years, beginning in sales and working his way up to Vice President of Production and President/CEO. Most recently, John was President of Vinquiry, Inc. before establishing Heritage Barrels LLC with his partners.