Caldwell is about love and family (you can taste it in our wines). But around here, it’s also little bit about misbehaving, taking chances and mischief.
John Caldwell is known by many names but here in legendary Napa Valley, he’s a legend all his own. Over the last 40 years, John has built Caldwell Vineyard into what is arguably one of the greatest and most unique wine estates on earth, with 28 different clone-specific grape varieties. We also are one of the first U.S. wineries to operate our own in-house barrel cooperage – a luxury that only seven other wineries in the world enjoy.
John also worked with the French government to create and license the ENTAV-INRA clones for all of North America, which are now considered the industry standard in U.S. vineyards,.
Planted in 1982, Caldwell has been the grape source for 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’s Insignia, Stéphane Derenoncourt and a heap of others.
When their first son was born, John and Joy decided to make a wine of their own to represent the best of what their vineyard had to offer. Working with Philippe Melka, they released the first vintage of 1998 Caldwell “Silver” Proprietary Red wine.
Today, working side by side with his wife Joy and winemaker Marc Gagnon, John Caldwell makes more than 23 wines for the Caldwell Signature Collection, Varietal Collection, Rocket Science and the Society of Smugglers.