John Caldwell, Vintner & Maverick
John Caldwell is the original wine industry maverick and the man responsible for introducing the most prized Bordeaux root stock and grapevine clones to California. Now considered the industry standard for vineyards in the United States, John held the original licensing agreement with the French government for their Entav-Inra clones, for all of North America. Through this larger-than-life odyssey, John helped revolutionize the foundation of modern winemaking in the United States. Today, with Marc Gagnon at the winemaking helm, Caldwell produces 23 different clone- and varietal-specific wines from his estate vineyard.
Caldwell Vineyard, Coombsville, Napa Valley
You’re on a hilltop, 500 feet above sea level in the heart of Coombsville, Napa Valley’s newest AVA. To the north is a panoramic view of Napa Valley, framed by the Mayacamas mountains to the west and the Vaca mountain range to the east. At your feet is a sprawling 123-acre ranch. 60-acres of grapevine rows follow the contours of the rolling hills to create a mesmerizing landscape, which is now home to the original Bordeaux rootstock smuggled in to the US by John Caldwell back in 1982. This is Caldwell Vineyard. It is home to John and Joy Caldwell and their two sons. It is a spectacular place to view the world, an exceptional place to grow Bordeaux wine varieties, and the birthplace of the Caldwell wine collection.
Tasting at Caldwell
We host a small number of private tasting experiences inside our 20,000-square-foot cave. Tastings last approximately 1.5 hours and usually include a half-dozen of our current release wines (alongside some tall tales and sometimes a few four-letter words).
Our tasting experiences start at $75 per person and are available by appointment, booked well in advance. Please contact our concierge at 707-255-1294
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Private and small group tastings in a stunning cave with a team that embody the spirit of John Caldwell, and occasionally the maverick himself.View from Tasting Room: Situated high atop the eastern hills of Napa, with panoramic views.
Wine clubs are a great way to stay connected to your favorite wineries.
To join the wine club, visit www.caldwellvineyard.com or call 707-255-1294.
Society of Smugglers, featuring wine made exlcusive for Smugglers
Society of WINEsteins, featuring Caldwell's iconic Rocket Science wine
Once a year the rarest new Napa Valley wines become available under one roof at Premiere Napa Valley. Wineries throughout the Napa Valley are given one task to participate: create a one-of-a-kind wine for this event to be purchased by one lucky bidder. This event is only open to select members of the wine trade and the successful bidder is the sole owner of this unique wine.
Caldwell Vineyard and Winery
Varietal: Red Wine
Release Date: October - 2011
Appellation: Napa Valley
To purchase this wine or check on availability contact:
Gary's Wine & Marketplace
Saint Helena CA