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
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