We find extraordinary fruit growing in Sonoma County, Napa Valley, the desolate Sierra foothills of Amador County and other regions of California to make Zinfandels worthy of this grape’s long and illustrious history in the state. Beran—The Bear—is forever a figure of strength and headstrong drive. This same power and conviction stands behind our Zinfandels which we source and make without compromise.
As a fifth generation Napa Valley winemaker and the youngest son of Chuck Wagner, founder of Caymus Vineyards, Joe learned his way around a vineyard long before he was able to drink wine. By the time he was 19, he knew that he would continue his family’s winemaking legacy. He started Belle Glos wines and then followed up with the creation of Meiomi. In 2014, he took the big step of forming Copper Cane Wines & Provisions. Joe and his wife Amber live in Napa Valley with their six children, keeping a healthy balance between family life and a passionate dedication to their shared business venture.
John grew up in the Napa Valley, where he often spent time with his father who worked alongside the Wagner family, owners of Caymus Vineyards. At first it seemed John’s career path would take him in a very different direction from winemaking as he studied criminal justice at Sacramento State and then went on to work at the Juvenile Probation Department in Napa County. But eventually his heart’s true desire was laid bare. He joined the Wagner family business where he quickly became assistant winemaker for Belle Glos, working closely with Joseph Wagner. John is also a lover of Zin, which makes Beran a particularly fulfilling wine for him to make.