Bennie Cassara purchased property atop a hill in the early 1980s as a family retreat. By 1990, at the suggestion of his friend Brian Babcock, he planted Pinot Noir grapes on the estate. Mr. Babcock believed Mr. Cassara’s hilltop locale was perfect for French varietals. Over the next several years, Babcock Winery produced a Pinot Noir from the Casa Cassara vineyards. John Krska continues to work closely with the winery.
Mr. Cassara and his son Dan began constructions of the winery, which rests in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills Appellation, in 2000. In September 2002, Casa Cassara released its 2000 Pinot Noir of 400 cases. The San Francisco Chronicle’s wine competition awarded this release with a bronze medal. The Cassaras opened their tasting room in Buellton in 2007. Casa Cassara sells all of its wines through the tasting room and web store. In addition to Pinot Noir, the winery produces a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, a blend of Marsanne and Viognier, a Tempranillo, a Merlot and a Syrah.
Casa Cassara hosts many events at its tasting room such as open mic nights. The winery holds important its ties to the community. Visitors should keep abreast of special events that may be taking place.