At the tender age of 15, long before he was able to drink wine, Joe already knew his way around a vineyard. The youngest son of Chuck Wagner – who founded Caymus Vineyards with his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner – Joe is a fifth generation Napa Valley winemaker with a dedicated passion for the business. In 2001 at age nineteen, he rolled up his sleeves and has yet to look back. His passion and natural talent for winemaking quickly became apparent after he started his own award-winning single vineyard Pinot Noir label, Belle Glos. Meiomi soon followed – a high quality California Pinot Noir, which is now the leading luxury Pinot Noir in the US.
In January 2014, he took a big step and formed Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, with the goal of bringing exciting new wine labels and other creative offerings to the market. Joe also continues to work alongside his family at Wagner Family of Wine, which remains the home of his Belle Glos Pinot Noirs.
Joe has had many a sleepless night in recent years—he and his wife Amber have six young children: four boys and two girls. In addition to all the fun activities and adventures they enjoy as a family, he hopes to also instill in them the same values and work ethics that he learned from his parents and grandparents before him.