Waugh Family Wines
Waugh Family Wines is a boutique winery in Napa Valley, and we are passionate about creating unique wines you can love. Ryan Waugh first fell in love with wine after tasting a 1976 Stag’s Leaps Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon in college. Inspired, he jumped into winemaking and soon became the cellar master at Napa winery Chateau Potelle.
After creating Waugh Family Wines in 2001, Ryan has been one of the exciting, young first-generation winemakers in Napa Valley. Ryan and his wife Crystal also founded The Caves at Soda Canyon, a unique underground winery where they and three other families follow their passion for making great wine.
Every glass of our wine reflects the terroir of Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus individuality and dedication of our quality-obsessed approach.
Ryan is one of the youngest first-generation winemakers working in Napa and Sonoma even at 42 years of age (with 25 vintages already behind him). As a college student at Santa Clara University, he discovered a special Cabernet Sauvignon that sparked his passion for wine. Ryan believes winemaking begins in the vineyard by showing great care to the vines during growing season, allowing for minimal interaction once the wine gets to barrel. The result? Our wines are true representations of their varietal and exhibit unique flavors and great structural depth.
After attending Texas A&M and earning a degree in Marketing and Business Administration, Crystal entered the business world at Neiman Marcus in the Executive Development Program. She held positions in buying, store management, recruiting and general HR. After moving to California she spent 3 years doing corporate recruiting for Williams-Sonoma, Inc in San Francisco. Since 2005, Crystal has played an invaluable role in the success of Waugh Family Wines, managing the direct to consumer experience as well as managing the Friends of Waugh Cellars Wine Club.