By even the sophisticated standards of Napa Valley, Claus Janzen is a most unique asset to the valley’s wine community. Born in Germany, and raised in Canada, Janzen brings a remarkable international spirit to his Bacio Divino wine brands (Janzen, Pazzo, Vagabond, and Bacio Divino) and over the last 17 years has crafted one of the most distinctive wine portfolios within California. Janzen was first introduced to wine after college while working for a number of high caliber hotels in Switzerland. He developed an interest in premium wines, and in particular, the great Burgundies and Rhônes of France. Janzen was enamored with developments in Southeastern France specifically, where a close friend had produced the first Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah blend that astounded wine critics everywhere. He took this intriguing idea of crafting obscure wine blends with him to the Napa Valley, and with the help of Caymus Vineyards’ owner Chuck Wagner, started his own winery in the early 1990s. Janzen named his winery Bacio Divino, literally “Divine Kiss” in Italian, acting as a synonym for the experience the blend of grapes had on the palate of anyone tasting the wine. Bacio Divino began with only 800 cases for its initial release in 1993, a number that has slowly expanded to its present level of just under 8,000 cases today. Now celebrating seventeen years of continued critical accolades and marvelous ratings by the wine community, Janzen and his wife Dian are truly delighted with Bacio Divino’s success and strive to continue achieving wines of finesse and unmatched elegance from the Napa Valley.
Bacio Divino Cellars - Napa Valley
Diamond Series Plus Selection - 96 Points, Robert Parker
- Janzen2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Estate Grown
- Napa Valley
- 96 - Robert Parkerid: 677