Friederich “Fritz” Rosenbaum
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Friederich “Fritz” Rosenbaum was born in Westfalen, Germany in 1833.
Primarily, Fritz Rosenbaum was a resident of San Francisco working as a glass importer.
In 1878, he and his wife, Johanna, built a modern Gothic-Victorian style home on a knoll north of St. Helena in the Napa Valley.
Fritz Rosenbaum’s intention was to build a grand house for his family with a properly equipped wine cellar so that he could make wines again as he had “in the old country”.
The first wines were vinted in the stone cellars beneath the house, and Johannaberg Cellars became one of the earliest bonded wineries in the Napa Valley.
The house still stands at 2867 St. Helena Highway on the grounds of St. Clement Vineyards.
Fritz and Johanna Rosenbaum had six children: Johanna, Fred, Bertie, Marianne and Emma.
The Rosenbaum family is buried in the St. Helena cemetery.
For more information, see:
Under the Vine and the Fig Tree: The Jews of Napa Valley, by Lin Weber, ISBN 0-9667014-4-5, 2003
Napa Valley’s Jewish Heritage, by Henry Michalski and Donna Mendelsohn, ISBN 978-0-7385-8898-8 Arcadia Publishers
Both books are available thru the Jewish Historical Society of Napa Valley, email@example.com
Fritz Rosenbaum portrait
Johannaberg Home, now St. Clement Vineyards. Daughter, “Bertie” is on horseback.
Rosenbaum Wine Label
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Lauren Chevlen is curator of this Fritz Rosenbaum Family Exhibit.