Steve Cass began his journey into wine after retiring from Charles Schwab in 1999. Originally planning great escapades of sailing the
world with his beautiful wife, Alice, the dream quickly shifted to an adventure not requiring sturdy sea-legs and a wandering spirit.
Beginning an exploration of Paso Robles, CA, Steve discovered a
new passion that sated his craving for adventure while letting his family put down deep roots. Forever the heart of an investor, the sweet little burgeoning wine country offered the thrill of new feats.
In 2000, Alice and Steve established the 145 acre CASS Vineyard. A fateful trip to South Africa with his contractor, and now business partner, Ted Plemons, fleshed out the full dream of the Vineyard.
Syrah inspired late-night conversations led them to the steps of the University of Stellenbosch where they vetted their first winemaker and the journey of true, old-world winemaking began.