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Caldwell Vineyard, Napa

#63 of 142 in Wineries in Napa
Winery / Vineyard · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink

John Caldwell,

Vintner. Smuggler. Legend.

Caldwell is about love and family (you can taste it in our wines). But around here, it’s a little bit about mischief too…

He’s known by many names but here in legendary Napa Valley, he’s a legend all his own. The original wine industry maverick, John is the man responsible for introducing the most prized Bordeaux root stock and grapevine clones to California. Now considered the industry standard in U.S. vineyards, John worked with the French government to create and license the Entav-Inra clones for all of North America.

Through this larger-than-life odyssey, John has helped to revolutionize the foundation of modern winemaking in the United States. John planted the Caldwell vineyard in 1982. Since then, he’s sold grapes to some pretty heavy hitters over the years including: Moone Tsai (Philippe Melka), Merus and Brion (Mark Herold), Pahlmeyer (Helen Turley), Patz and Hall, Joseph Phelps’ Insignia, Stephane Derenoncourt and a heap of others.

When their first son was born, they decided they wanted to make a wine of their own to represent the best of what the vineyard had to offer. Working with Philippe Melka, they released the first vintage of 1998 Caldwell “Silver” Proprietary Red wine.

Today, alongside his wife Joy and winemaker Marc Gagnon they produce over 23 wines for the Caldwell Signature Collection, Varietal Collection, Rocket Science and the Society of Smugglers.
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  • We did a virtual tasting with John and Mario and felt we had to do another in person. Ramiro their master cooper conducted the tasting and we learned a ton about his career and how he works to build....  more »
  • Jenna, the Estate Concierge, was fabulous to work with while arranging our visit. When we got to Caldwell, the day of our visit, we found a great facility which was quite interesting, highlighted by.....  more »
  • We had a great tasting with Mario. He shared so much with us and it was such a fantastic experience. We haves loved Caldwell wines for a long time and were able to share with our friends! Truly a wonderful tasting, beautiful setting and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
  • Loved the experience provided here! Excellent wines in a beautiful cave with views that are unbeatable in Napa! Had the honor of meeting the mastermind Mr John Caldwell himself and what an absolute treat that was! Highly recommend for a genuine, relaxed tasting experience.

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