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von Strasser Family of Wines

Calistoga / United States


Rudy von Strasser’s journey into winemaking began at the University of New Hampshire while studying agriculture. His goal was to be “The King of Hard-Cider”, writing his thesis on hard-cider production. While traveling across the country, Rudy took a job at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1980 with intention to take tips-and-tricks from the wine industry to apply to hard-cider production; he ended up falling in love with wine.
Like so many have done, Rudy enrolled in the Enology program at U.C. Davis. However, unlike anyone before him, Rudy took a chance and wrote a letter to Eric de Rothschild of the world-famous Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in France, asking for the opportunity to intern for a harvest, and became the first American to receive this internship in 1985. When he returned, Rudy was hired at Trefethen in the cellar, and then Newton Vineyards as the assistant winemaker under John Kongsgaard. These experiences contributed to winemaking foundation Rudy uses today for von Strasser Winery and its distinct style.
In 1990, Rudy and Rita von Strasser found the perfect site upon which to build their winery, as wells as live and raise their three children: Diamond Mountain. An area known for producing some of Napa Valley’s most exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons. The 30-acre property located next to Diamond Creek, was formally known as Roddis Estates. The first vintage (1990) was produced from the existing 6-acres of Cab, and over the last 30 years we have expanded across the Diamond Mountain AVA, sourcing incredible vineyards to produce our current portfolio of award winning of Cabernet Sauvignons.
In 2015, a new opportunity presented itself to Rudy and Rita: Lava Vine Winery. A small tasting room and winery just across the valley that had its own cult following; a fervent fan base that loved the “alternative varietals” that were being produced. Specializing in Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Petit Sirahs and many more small lots, Rudy saw a new challenge.
Today, von Strasser Family of wines produces three brands: Rudy, Lava Vine and von Strasser. Von Strasser continues to be our flag ship; award winning single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Lava Vine is our “ABC” label: Anything But Cabernet. These “alternative varietal” wines come from hand-selected single vineyards throughout California and Napa Valley. We also produce wholesale wines under our Rudy label.
While we do make many wines now, they are very exclusive limited case production wines, majority of which are sold only in the tasting room and to the wine club.

Wine Varietals

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Gruner Veltliner
Petite Sirah
Petit Verdot
Pinot Noir

Wine Types

Red Wine
White Wine


 Bicycle Friendly
Family Owned
 Pet Friendly
Picnic Area
Table Seating
 Winery Tours



  • Sunday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Monday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Saturday10:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Cancellation Policy

24 hour cancellation policy via phone call or email.