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Wagner Family Timeline

Carl Wagner, an immigrant from Alsace, purchases farmland in Rutherford in the Napa Valley
Carl’s son Charles F. (Charlie) Wagner is born on the family farm
The Wagner family builds a winery to produce bulk wines. Their output will grow to 30,000 gallons per year before Prohibition came into effect in 1919, closing down their prosperous wine business
Charlie Wagner marries his high school sweetheart, Lorna Belle Glos, whose Glos and Stice ancestors also have a long family history of viticulture and winemaking in the Napa Valley that dates back to 1858
Charlie Wagner and his wife, Lorna purchase 73 acres near the family farm in Rutherford, where they planted fruit orchards and wine grapes
Charlie Wagner pulls out the fruit orchards to plant Pinot Noir, Johannisberg Riesling and a clone of Cabernet Sauvignon acquired from Stags Leap grower Nathan Fay
Charlie, Lorna and their son, Chuck Wagner, establish Caymus Vineyards. The name is inspired by the area’s history, named after a 19th century Mexican land grant called “Rancho Caymus”
Caymus introduces “Special Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon
Chuck Wagner becomes director of all viticulture and winemaking
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet is named “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator magazine, earning this honor over 6,000 other wines tasted
Caymus Special Selection Cabernet is named “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator. Special Selection remains to this day the only wine to be twice selected for this honor
Caymus is named “Best Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Blend in California” in Wine Spectator’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Caymus Cabernet also earned its sixth spot on the Wine Spectator’s top-ten list in nine years
Charlie Sr. and Chuck Wagner are elected to the Wine Spectator “Hall of Fame”
Chuck’s son, Charlie Wagner, took control of Mer Soleil viticulture and winemaking in the Santa Lucia Highlands
Belle Glos wine label was created and named in honor of Lorna Belle Glos Wagner
Charlie Wagner passes away in Rutherford in his 90th year
Joseph Wagner makes the first Belle Glos vineyard-designated wines from Taylor Lane and Clark & Telephone vineyards
Charlie Wagner launches the first vintage of Mer Soleil SILVER Unoaked Chardonnay using cement tanks
Chuck Wagner receives the “Distinguished Service Award” from Wine Spectator for achievements in winemaking and dedication to the Napa Valley and its wines
40th vintage of Caymus Cabernet is bottled
Chuck’s daughter Jenny Wagner recently joined the family business and took over making Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot in Napa Valley, which was first introduced by her mother, Cheryl Emmolo, in 1994
Lorna Belle Glos Wagner passes away at the age of 98