With their Napa Valley roots dating back to the 1850’s, the Wagner family went on to help shape the region’s wine industry and released their first vintage in 1972 consisting of just 240 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Inspired by their family’s rich history of winemaking, Charles Wagner and his wife Lorna along with their son Chuck fulfilled their dream of starting Caymus Vineyards which remains 100% family owned.
It was their 1973 release, though, that put Caymus on the map—with rich character and complexity, their Cabernet Sauvignon had caught the attention of wine critics and earned the family acclaim and recognition. A few years later, the father-son winemaking duo discovered that a select few of their barrels were producing superior wine than the rest, giving them the idea to separate this juice from the batch and bottle it under a new label called Special Selection. This Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is what launched the Wagner family to elite winemaker status when Wine Spectator magazine awarded it the prestigious Wine of the Year award in 1984 and then again in 1990. Caymus Vineyards is the only winery in the world to have earned this highest accolade twice.
The Wagner’s didn’t stop there, though, it’s been over 45 years and Caymus proudly showcases a collection of wines that have a glowing reputation for their quality and consistency. Chuck Wagner continues to oversee the production of their world-renowned Cabernets while his own children have gone on to lead exciting new endeavours including the unique Conundrum White and Red Blends from California’s best wine regions. Other successes include the Mer Soleil range of Chardonnays, Red Schooner Malbec made from grapes grown in Argentina and then shipped to Caymus; as well as, Emmolo wines which offer a fresh take on Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.
If you have yet to taste Caymus wines, you can find a selection of them on our website or visit us in store and we’d be happy to introduce you.