Big, small. Bold, timid. There really is no counterpart to the word minuscule in English. In French the opposite is majuscule, literally meaning a capital letter. Or in Latin, something rather large though not quite enormous.
The juxtaposition of big and small embodies our wine making philosophy. We craft big, yet elegant and balanced wines, from the best single-vineyards in the Napa Valley. Our award-winning wines are produced in very small lots with an intense focus on quality. We specialize in Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, producing under 500 cases per year.
We made two barrels of the first Majuscule wines in 2009 as a side project from the same Mount Veeder vineyard that we source grapes from today. It was a fun experiment and we enjoyed sharing the wine with friends. In 2018, we made the winery official, working with our friend Lisa Chu, a longtime grower on Mount Veeder, plus some additional vineyards in other sub appellations of the Napa Valley.
Majuscule is rooted to Lisa's Wildcat Vineyard, situated on steep slopes 1,800 feet up on Mount Veeder on the western side of the Napa Valley. The vineyard is stunning and has several microclimates and clones. It's challenging to farm, but the extra effort yields incredible results in the bottle.
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Greg's path to winemaking began while living in France when he was 20 on a church mission. He was fascinated by the wineries and vineyards that he would ride his bike through. One day he visited Taittinger to see méthode Champenoise for himself. Staying true to his religious beliefs at the time, he declined to taste the famous bubbles at the end of the tour, which shocked his French hosts. That day marked the beginning of Greg's wine education and journey to Napa and creating Majuscule Wine.
His interest in wine followed him home to America where he honed his palate while embarking on a career in structural engineering and design.
Greg studied winemaking at UC Davis in the mid-2000s and then worked for several wineries where he made wine for two labels and himself and was a viticulturist which introduced him to growers and vineyards across the Napa Valley.
These relationships have proved to be pivotal in Greg's quest to produce outstanding wines from the best vineyards for Majuscule.