Bacio Divino was founded by Claus Janzen in 1993.
His wine epiphany occurred while working winter
seasons in Switzerland's Berner Oberland. While in
Switzerland, he fell in love with Burgundy. The wine
was a Chorey-les-Beaune and it had a profound effect
on the rest of his life. He started developing what has
become an incredible palate. His passion led him to
France where he spent a year and a half visiting the
top properties in the Rhone, Provence and Burgundy.
In the late 1980s, Claus visited Napa Valley and met
Charlie Wagner, founder of Caymus Vineyards. He
became friends with Charlie's son Chuck Wagner and
soon found himself working harvest. Claus spent 12
years at Caymus, developing the most enviable
international marketing operation in the Napa Valley.
But Claus had viniculture ambitions of his own. In
1993, with the acquisition of a few tons of Sangiovese
from an Oakville hillside he launched Bacio Divino.
The wine was a roaring success from day one. Bacio
Divino – Italian for divine kiss – is built on a base of Cabernet Sauvignon supported by Sangiovese, Petite
Sirah, Syrah and Merlot, depending on the year. Bacio Divino owns three, 8 acre hillside vineyards located in
Dutch Henry Canyon near Howell Mountain. Well-known consultants Nils and Kirk Venge advise Claus on
winemaking and viticulture decisions.