Napa, CA

Calder Wine Company

Winemaker Rory Williams

Calder Wine Company is a winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father he became exposed to the classic wines of California.

During college he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.

In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry-farmed vineyards. This Carignane comes from 73-year-old vines in Mendocino.

Winemaker
Rory Williams

Rory and John Williams making wine. It runs in the family.

Winemaker

Rory Williams

Rory making wine with his dad, John Williams. It runs in the family.

Calder Wine Company is a winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father he became exposed to the classic wines of California.

During college he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.

In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry-farmed vineyards. This Carignane comes from 73-year-old vines in Mendocino.

From the Winemaker

I grew up in a wine family, with my family having started and continuing to run Frog’s Leap and Tres Sabores wineries in Napa’s Rutherford AVA. Both wineries grow their grapes organically and dry farm their vines, the practice of which requires a hybrid of respect for tradition and creative endeavor. This synthesis carries over to winemaking, where I have been taught that the highest art of winemaking consists of a creative evolution of the aroma, taste, and feel of a place, which can only occur if one has eyes both on the past and the future.

I started Calder (my middle name) as an attempt to begin my own creative evolution, using a grape that has a long history in the place where I was born, was planted and vinified by my winemaking idols, and, I believe, tells its own unique version of what makes Napa, Napa.

Rory Williams
winemaker/owner
Calder Wine Company Mendocino Carignane 2016

Calder Wine Company Mendocino Carignane 2016

Regular price$33.00
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Calder Wine Company is a winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father, he became exposed to the classic wines of California. During college, he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long-overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.

In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry-farmed vineyards. This Carignane comes from 73-year-old vines in Mendocino.

Calder Wine Company Charbono 2016

Calder Wine Company Charbono 2016

Regular price$36.00
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Calder Wine Company is a winery from the son of venerable Napa winemaker John Williams of Frog’s Leap. Rory Williams grew up around the Frog’s Leap winery and through his father, he became exposed to the classic wines of California. During college, he took time off to work harvests in Barolo, Argentina, Burgundy, and Provence before returning to California with thoughts of making wine. It was a bottle he shared with his father (1964 Inglenook Charbono) that inspired him to start his own winery working with long-overlooked traditional varietals: Charbono, Carignane, and Riesling.

In 2009 Rory started with a test vintage of Charbono and in 2011 he launched Calder (his middle name) Wine Company. Having seen the results work for Frog’s Leap, Rory sought out old vines from dry-farmed vineyards. This Charbono comes from 45-year-old vines (the same vines that Inglenook used to get theirs from).