A Labor of Love Across Two Generations
The Kapcsándy (pronounced "Cup-chon-dy") story is a unique amalgam of old-world values and American “can-do” spirit. Classic European grand cru-style and state-of-the-art technology. But more than anything, it’s the story of a family that’s simply passionate about wine.
Lou Kapcsándy came to the U.S. from his native Hungary in 1956, pursuing a successful career in chemical engineering and manufacturing in the Bay Area and Seattle. Through colleagues in the wine business, he began sourcing the finest wines of France, while meeting an emergent group of local entrepreneurs who would go on to become early icons of Washington State’s wine industry.
In 1998, a visit by Lou and his wife, Bobbie, to one of Bordeaux’s centuries-old estates, Leoville-Las Cases, planted a seed of desire: to create a wine-based business in partnership with their son, Louis, Jr., and to retire in California’s Napa Valley. The family began touring properties for sale, and it wasn’t long before they discovered a 20-acre parcel in Yountville, its vineyard ripped out after the pest Phylloxera had destroyed it the year before. In May 2000, they closed escrow on the historic Beringer Estate State Lane vineyard that had been the home base of that company’s Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon program.
The Kapcsándys embarked upon a complete replant of their vineyard site to 15 specific blocks, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Within three days of harvest 2005, construction on a state-of-the-art winery was complete. Finally, the family began to implement its longtime vision: To consistently produce wines of “First Growth” quality to rival any region or winery in the world. To that end, both Lou and Louis Jr. are on property every single day, overseeing all aspects of the vineyard management and winemaking operations.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kapcsándy Family Winery, an intergenerational labor of love that brings the finest attributes of European grand cru wines to the Napa Valley.
The Story Behind Our Crest
The Kapcsándy family crest, which dates from the 1730s, features four quadrants. Each illustrates a notable characteristic of our family’s Hungarian history: A double cross from the crown of St. Stephen – the first king of Hungary (1000 to 1038); grapes showing that we were grape-growers; corn symbolizing that we were farmers; and a soldier’s cap and sword, representing our service in the cavalry during the 1848 War of Independence.