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A brief history

Starting out with a humble plan and uncharted future, Chuck Wagner and his late parents, Charlie and Lorna, founded Caymus Vineyards in 1972. They were a family of farmers with deep roots in the Napa Valley – in 1857, Chuck’s great-great grandfather captained a wagon train to California from Bible Grove, Missouri. The mother-father-son trio spent many wonderful years working side-by-side, establishing the family’s work ethic, appetite for innovation, down-to-earth sensibility, and deep appreciation of enjoying good food and wine with family and friends.

Today, Caymus Cabernet is one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wines. Made from grapes farmed in 8 of Napa Valley’s 16 appellations, the wine has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe tannins – as approachable in youth as it is in maturity. Chuck Wagner continues to make two world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignons, Caymus Napa Valley and Caymus Special Selection. Special Selection is the only wine in the world to be honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year.”

Several years ago, Chuck introduced Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif from Suisun Valley, a largely undiscovered and remarkable wine region only 30 minutes southeast of Napa. “Durif” is synonymous with Petite Sirah, and we added “Grand” to the name because this wine is anything but petite – it is dark, luxurious, soft and supple.

Two of Chuck’s children, Charlie and Jenny Wagner, now work alongside him, and the family offers a range of wines sourced from premier winegrowing regions of California and beyond. For more information, go to wagnerfamilyofwine.com.

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Established in 1972

8700 Conn Creek Road
Napa Valley, California, United States
94573

www.wagnerfamilyofwine.com

info@caymus.com

+17079673010

Meet The Winemakers

  • Chuck Wagner

    Chuck Wagner was born into a family of farmers and winemakers with deep roots in Napa Valley. In 1857, his great-great grandfather captained a wagon train to California from Bible Grove, Missouri. Chuck was just 19 when he started Caymus Vineyards with his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner, and they spent many wonderful years working side-by-side. Chuck continues to make two renowned Cabernet Sauvignons, Caymus Napa Valley and Caymus Special Selection.

    Chuck also produces Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif from Suisun Valley, a “hidden gem” wine region only 30 minutes southeast of Napa. “Durif” is synonymous with Petite Sirah, and we added “Grand” to the name for this wine’s grand style. In addition, Chuck recently introduced Bonanza, a California Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects his spirit of discovery and celebrates good wine as a simple pleasure of life.

    Today, Caymus remains family-run, and two of Chuck’s children, Charlie and Jenny Wagner, work alongside him. The family offers a range of wines sourced from premier winegrowing regions of California and beyond (for more information, go to wagnerfamilyofwine.com). Instilling his love of the land in his kids, Chuck remains a farmer at heart. He believes that at the end of the day, wine is meant to be shared with family and friends. And he marvels at his good fortune to be living in Napa Valley and working in the wine business.

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Caymus Vineyards Wines

Featured Wines

Caymus Vineyards Caymus Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Caymus VineyardsCaymus Zinfandel

Although Caymus is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, we also produce a small amount of Zinfandel, which was a favorite of late Caymus co-founder Charlie Wagner Sr. It is a varietal that can produce amazing wines here in Napa Valley, and our full-bodied version is perfect for rich foods and hearty cheeses, but also enjoyed with pizza and BBQ

Caymus Vineyards Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Caymus VineyardsCaymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Each year, we set aside the best barrels of our Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley to produce Special Selection. Distinguished by extremely fine, velvety tannins and enjoyable upon release or with aging. A wine of structure with intense concentration of supple flavors and dark fruits. Special Selection is the only wine in the world honored twice as Wine Spectator magazine’s “Wine of the Year.”

Caymus Vineyards Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle Preview
Caymus VineyardsCaymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Caymus has a signature style that is dark in color, with rich fruit and ripe tannins – as approachable in youth as in maturity. Since its founding in 1972, Caymus has become renowned as a consistent leader in the production of Napa Valley Cabernet. We farm grapes for this wine in 8 of Napa’s 16 sub-appellations, with diversification enabling us to make the best possible wine in a given year. Our Cabernet offers layered, lush aromas and flavors, including cocoa, cassis and ripe berries.

Caymus Vineyards Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif Bottle Preview
Caymus VineyardsCaymus-Suisun Grand Durif

Only a 30-minute drive southeast of Napa, Suisun Valley (which became an AVA in 1982) is still largely undiscovered. With its warm days and cool nights, this pastoral region with multi-generational family farmers reminds us of Napa Valley in the 1960s. Known for delicious stone fruits and walnuts, it is also gaining recognition for exceptional wine. Durif is synonymous with Petite Sirah, the widely grown grape in the region – we added “Grand” to the name for its grand style. With harmonious tannins, this wine is opulent, luxuriously soft and totally enjoyable.