Where it all started
Oakville started life in the 1860s as a water stop for the steam train owned by The Napa Valley Railroad Company. The railroad, founded by early California pioneer Samuel Brannan in 1864, shuttled tourists between ferry boats that docked in Vallejo to the resort town of Calistoga. The village gained its name from the dense groves of dark green valley oaks of the area.
H. W. Crabb turned Oakville from untamed country to wine country after his 1868 purchase of 240 acres close to the Napa River. Crabb established a vineyard and winery naming it To Kalon, which in Greek means “the beautiful.”
Caran Marquee is proud to be part of the famed Oakville AVA, the perfect place to produce the wines we had long dreamed of – limited production, hand crafted wines that showcase the concept of “site and place.”