The name von Strasser implies a certain drama and intensity. It is fitting then that the von Strasser Winery and its estate vineyards are perched amid rock-studded terrain, in the shadow of an ancient volcano. This is Diamond Mountain, a demanding and ideal location for great Cabernet Sauvignon.

In 1990, Rudy and Rita von Strasser purchased a historic vineyard in the Diamond Mountain region of Napa Valley. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1970, the property was originally run as Roddis Cellars through 1984, but had since slipped through the hands of absentee owners. Through much work and expansion, they have modernized the property with new vineyard spacing and trellising systems, and increased vineyard size to 10 acres (an additional five acres are being cleared and planted in 1998). The varietal breakdown is currently 8.5 acres Cabernet (various clones), 1 acre Petite Verdot and 0.5 acres Merlot. In addition to the vineyards, they retrofitted an old barn built in 1880 to serve as the winery/home for their estate wines.

The von Strasser brand premiered with the 1990 vintage, and is a brand which is dedicated to producing wines only from our Diamond Mountain appellation. The lineup consists of an Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and Estate "Reserve" wine which will premiere with the 1995 vintage, and the Chardonnay, made from a small 2.5 acre vineyard further up Diamond Mountain Road.

With a love of fly fishing equaling his passion for winemaking, Rudy von Strasser pays homage to the sport and the magnificent freestone rivers he loves to fish by creating a new wine he simply calls, "Freestone". The wine's label is an artist's series, with a different original painting of a fishing fly gracing each new vintage. Freestone's Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay are made in slightly greater quantities than the von Strasser wines, and are crafted to be soft, fruity and enjoyable upon release. Each year von Strasser Winery donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Freestone to aid in the preservation of pristine fishery habitat.

Some of you may have seen "Freestone" wine in the marketplace, and noted that it is produced by von Strasser. This is our Napa Valley line, for which we produce a Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc. Merlot and a Chardonnay. It is an "artist-series" label, with every vintage depicting an artists rendition of a fishing fly.

von Strasser Winery / 1510 Diamond Mountain Road / Calistoga, CA 94515 / 707-942-0930

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