Members of the Wagner family, who currently own and operate the Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley, have been in America since 1885. The family settled in northern California but ended up in Napa Valley after the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The family was not originally in the winemaking business, but decided to give it a try in 1915. Their business was successful until the production and sale of alcohol became illegal in 1920. All winemaking facilities suffered until Prohibition ended in 1933. Charles Wagner and his wife both came from families with ties to the winery business. It's no wonder that the two of them, along with their son, Chuck, continued the tradition and opened their own winery in 1972. The family named its winery "Caymus," which was the name of a group of American Indians that lived in the area. Rancho Caymus was also the name of the Mexican land grant in the area that eventually became Rutherford, California. Caymus Vineyards has earned several awards in its relatively short history. It has a spot in Wine Spectator's "Hall of Fame," and has also won "Best Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon." The winery is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly its Special Selection, but they also make Zinfandel and Petite Sirrah.
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