Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1971 when Charlie & Lorna Wagner wanted to start a family-owned winery at their ranch in Napa Valley. Enlisting their son Chuck, fresh out of high school, the first vintage was produced in 1972, with 240 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon. Nearly 50 years later, Caymus Vineyards remains 100% family-owned by the Wagners.
Farming the land remains one of the highest priorities for the family, caring for 350 acres of choice Napa Valley land. Caymus Vineyards produces two Cabernet Sauvignons - a "Napa Valley" and the "Special Selection". Both Cabernet bottlings have aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through "hang time" - a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to "hang" on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes.
Caymus prides itself on producing wines that are as approachable in youth as well as maturity.