Remembering Lorna Belle Glos Wagner


On October 2nd, 2013 – Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, co-founder of Caymus Vineyards passed away peacefully in her sleep in her home, surrounded by her family.  In 1972, she and her husband Charlie invested their life savings and started a small family owned winery called Caymus Vineyards with their son Chuck, who was 19 years old at the time.  Remembering their grandmother so fondly, Chuck Wagner’s four children share their memories…

“My grandma was an amazing lady who was always smiling and loving.  I don’t think I saw her get angry once.  I remember all the card games we used to play, the great food – especially the split pea soup – and how she was pleased by all the small things in life, a glass of wine and sitting outside.  I am blessed to have know her.” ~ Erin Wagner

“My favorite memory of my grandma is eating her famous canned peaches with her.  She would always make time for my siblings and/or cousins and I to sit down at her kitchen table and have a bowl of canned peaches and vanilla ice cream.  I can still taste them.” ~ Charlie Wagner

“Grandma taught many people the importance of smiling, laughing and letting go of the little things.  She made us all btter people in the process.  Just hours before her passing, with family by her bedside, I mentioned something funny about my sister Jenny and she burst out laughing.  We are honored to carry on her legacy and tell her stories for generations to come.” ~ Joseph Wagner

“Less than a week ago I was sitting outside of Grandma’s house with her soaking up the afternoon sun.  It was the perfect time to enjoy a glass of wine.  I asked if she wanted some wine and she said, ‘Oh!, well what kind, red or white?”  I told her we have some Conundrum (white) and she said, ‘Oh, I LOVE Conundrum!’  I poured her a little glass and she sipped it and sang some songs.  It was a wonderful afternoon.” ~ Jenny Wagner

Filmed on December 2, 2010 Lorna sits down at her kitchen table with son Chuck Wagner and her grandchildren Jenny, Joseph & Charlie.

Caymus Vineyards 2013 Bud Break

The growing season has begun!  Our buds are open and we’re starting to see the grape clusters form. Bud break came ahead of schedule this year,  between March 30th and April 1st, thanks to a warm Spring.  Soon we will shoot-thin to only leave two shoots per position, resulting in 1-2 clusters per shoot.  By reducing the number of clusters per vine, we are able to keep our fruit yields low to make a higher quality wine.  To learn more, please watch this video of my daughter Jenny Wagner talking about bud break.  To learn more about the other wines made by my family, please visit:

- Chuck Wagner, Owner & Winemaker


Clark & Telephone Vineyard Expansion

My goal with each of the Belle Glos single-vineyard Pinot Noir vineyards is to express the genuine uniqueness of each vineyard site.  Our Clark & Telephone vineyard is located in the Santa Maria Valley AVA, which is unlike most North American wine growing regions, as the valley runs from east-to-west instead of parallel to the ocean.  This creates a much cooler climate because the wind and sea fog are funneled directly in from the Pacific, resulting in a long growing season and ripening period for the grapes.  Perfect for growing our style of Pinot Noir.

This vineyard was planted in 1972 to the Martini clone of Pinot Noir on its own roots.  As a result of intensive pruning and crop thinning, the vines produce loose clusters, with small, intensely flavored berries, yielding dense, dark-berry fruit and abundant sweet brown spice characteristics that are synonymous with this particular clone.

I’m very happy to say that since it’s first release in 2002, The Clark & Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir has been growing in popularity.  The 2010 vintage was rated 93 points by Wine Spectator Magazine and was featured in their Top 100 wine list of 2012.  Wine & Spirits Magazine also rated Belle Glos as the #1 Most Popular Pinot Noir in both their 2011 and 2012 Annual Restaurant Polls.

Thanks to our loyal pinot-philes, we are able to take this vineyard one step further.  I know how much our fans enjoy this wine, so on March 11th, 2013 we planted more Pinot Noir vines at this beautiful site, using some adjoining land that was previously planted to Chardonnay.  Once we pulled out the old vines, we ripped the ground in three directions at a depth of three feet.  The block was then cultivated with discs to get the ground ready to plant.  Beginning with breaking ground, then planting and covering with cartons for protection from wind and sun, and finally having irrigation up and running, it took nearly 3 weeks.  Now on to the careful tending of the young vines as they mature over the next decade or so, into world class Pinot Noir fruit bearers.  Thanks to our trusted vineyard managers and Belle Glos fans for playing an important role in helping us preserve and cultivate a bright future for our Clark & Telephone Vineyard.

- Joseph Wagner, Winemaker & Viticulturist

Clark & Telephone Vineyard (Photo Copyright by Lee Ibarra and The Wagner Family of Wine)

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