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No bones about it, John Caldwell is known as the Napa grapevine smuggler, and for good reason. He did indeed smuggle grapevines into the U.S. to plant in his own vineyard. What many people don’t know is the rest of the story, the real deal about the certified, clean vines he brought in and how these vines ended up becoming the industry standard in North America.
Today, alongside his wife Joy and winemaker Marbue Marke, they produce over 23 wines for the Caldwell Signature Collection, Varietal Collection, Rocket Science and the Society of Smugglers.