Cass Vineyard and Winery was named Winery of the Year for its exceptional selection of wines by the Central Coast Wine Competition. The Paso Robles winery was recognized at the California Mid-State Fair’s annual Cattlemen and Farmers’ Day.
Cass Vineyard and Winery won numerous awards for its vintages including the 2013 grenache (gold, Best of Class), 2014 marsanne (gold, Best of Class), 2012 Rockin’ One (gold), 2013 mourvedre (gold), 2014 roussanne (silver), 2013 Rockin’ One (silver), 2014 Oasis (silver), 2012 cabernet sauvignon (silver), 2013 Late Harvest roussanne (silver), 2013 brut sparkling marsanne (silver), 2014 viognier (bronze) and 2012 syrah (bronze). Criteria for selection of the Winery of the Year award required a minimum of five entries and a ratio based on results.
Steve Cass, co-owner of Cass Vineyard and Winery, bought the property in 1999 and the 145-acre vineyard was established the next year. He and co-owner Ted Plemons opened a tasting room in 2005 at 7350 Linne Road in Paso Robles. The winery offers a café menu of food and wine pairings to enhance the wine experience, offering everything from a cheese plate to a burger.
Cass Vineyard and Winery produces 100 percent estate wines. The vines are entirely ENTAV certified, meaning they are certified by the French government as wine grape clones of French origin and distributed through licensed nurseries in the United States.
As a boutique winery, Cass produces 10,000 cases of wine a year.
“It is a great honor to be awarded the Central Coast Winery of the Year especially since Cass Vineyard and Winery is one of the smallest production wineries to have won this award and the first time we have ever entered,” said Sterling Kragten, Cass Vineyard and Winery winemaker. “I hope now when people think of great Central Coast and Paso Robles wines, they will think of Cass Wines.”
The Central Coast Wine Competition is in its 13th year and featured over 600 wines.