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von Strasser and Lava Vine Winery

965 Silverado Trl, Calistoga, CA 94515-1128
+1 707-942-9500
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Rudy’s passionate interest in Cabernet Sauvignon lead him to discover a family connection to Eric de Rothschild, and he wrote a letter asking to do an internship at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. Each year the Chateau had been hiring an intern from the French winemaking program at Montpellier. Thinking that two minds are better than one, Mr. Rothschild invited Rudy to work for the 1985 harvest as their first American intern. Upon completion, Rudy returned to Napa Valley in the spring of 1986 and became the enologist at Trefethen Winery and Vineyards. In 1988, he became the assistant winemaker in charge of production at Newton Vineyards in St. Helena. Shortly after their marriage in 1989, Rudy and Rita von Strasser set out looking for a vineyard property to serve as a home for their future family as well as future brand. Having already developed a deep passion and talent for producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Rudy was committed that the property must be in a microclimate blessed with the ability to grow and produce the finest red wines in Napa Valley. Coincidentally, the old Roddis Estate Winery on Diamond Mountain had just been put on the market, and in a bold move, the von Strasser label was born. From 1990 through 2016, von Strasser Winery made their mark on Napa Valley with their Diamond Mountain District Cabernets. Not only did Rudy spearhead the effort to turn Diamond Mountain District into a distinct AVA (American Viticultural Area), he assembled a core of the AVA’s best vineyards to partner with. On top of his Estate Vineyard, he has made vineyard designated wines from Sori Bricco Vineyard, Spaulding Vineyard, Post Vineyard, Agira Vineyard, Diamond Terraces Vineyard, Rainin Vineyard and Vineyard 2131. Over this period, he achieved unparalleled success as a Cabernet producer. Von Strasser Winery was named Wine and Spirits Magazine Winery of the Year for an unbelievable 13 times over this span. Starting in 2017, von Strasser is making another bold move by relocating their winery and expanding their labels. In late 2015, von Strasser Winery added Lava Vine Winery to their portfolio. Lava Vine, a small Calistoga winery, is known for its ‘alternative varietal’ portfolio of wines. The facility at Lava Vine is currently being expanded to include an ultra-modern fermentation and barrel aging building. The Lava Vine brand already has a loyal following thanks to their great wines and friendly tasting room. Over the next few years, Rudy will slowly expand the Lava Vine brand to focus on Pinot Noir, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Grüner Veltliner. However do not be surprised when offered a taste of Verdehlo, Tempranillo, charbono, or old-vine Zinfandel, and many other treats. And of course, Rudy will also continue to make his world class Von Strasser label single vineyard cabernet sauvignons.
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965 Silverado Trl, Calistoga, CA 94515-1128
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were greeted by Kerry and had the most wonderful time! She was a very gracious host and shared a lot of information about the wines, the vineyards and the history of Rudy and Rita. The wines were fantastic! The Calistoga Chamber suggested that we...More

Thank jamaicabound22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Calistoga and wandered into Lava Vine on a bike ride. So glad we stopped! The tasting room was spacious and light-filled, and Amy (our pourer) was knowledgeable and gracious. Tastings were $25 with generous pours. It was a gorgeous warm Fall...More

Thank HMM099
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome place to come to the wine was the best the people here really care about you whatever you do make sure you have a good company to take you here don't drive and get a ticket and also don't use a company call "Timeless...More

1  Thank Rejeev S
Reviewed 16 July 2017

We stopped for wine tastings at several Napa Valley wineries yesterday. The stop at Von Strasser was far and away the most pleasant. We had visited Von Strasser in the past, at its former location up the mountain from its current Calistoga location, and had...More

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von Strasser an... L, Public Relations Manager at von Strasser and Lava Vine Winery, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2017

We are so happy you enjoyed your tasting experience. Thank you for your kind words we will share this with our staff. We look forward to hosting you and your friends again on your next visit! Cheers!

Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

This was our second visit to the Lava, unfortunately I enjoyed the vibe more last time. It seemed more stuffy and not as relaxed and comfortable this time. Still amazing wine!!!

Thank ijcoadot
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Only $15 for tasting and I was a walk in. They are merging with Von Strasser who makes great Diamond Mtn Cabs. Of the Lava wines, I found the Cab Franc to be one of the best Cab Francs I have ever had, bought one...More

Thank HikeWineHotSprings
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We had been to Lava Vine once before and wanted to stop in to see how things were going. Since our last visit, the von Strasser winery bought Lava Vine, and was moving its operations from Diamond Mountain over to the Lava Vine location, so...More

Thank JWK1969
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We arrived just as they opened and Keegan announced we must be ready for the "breakfast of champions"! We spent some time looking around speaking to Keegan about the area and drinking delicious wines. My husband and Keegan began to share musical interests, and next...More

Thank LisaKTTexas
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Went here after someone in another winery recommended them. The people were nice and the wines were not bad. If you like unpretentious wineries, this is a place to go. The guys there even recommended places to eat which was nice.

Thank cricoerb
Reviewed 3 January 2017

One of the few wineries in Napa valley where you can get tastings poured outside on a nice day. The staff is super friendly, the place has a much more laid back / hip vibe than other wineries we visited and their wines were actually...More

Thank Phil A
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