Growing & Winemaking

 

Winemaker Interview: Charlie Wagner II

May 2012
 
by Laurie Daniel
 
 
A member of the fifth generation of a well-known Napa Valley wine family, Charlie Wagner II always knew he would be a winemaker. Named for his grandfather, the founder of Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Calif., the younger Charlie spent summers working in the vineyards and the cellar. When he was 16, his St. Helena High School counselor gave him permission to spend two days out of every three weeks at the family’s Mer Soleil Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County. The Wagner family had established Mer Soleil as a white wine project.
 

 
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