Who's Behind the Roo

Casella Family

It all started in 1820, when the first Casellas planted some vines in the Italian countryside.  Two things sprouted shortly thereafter; a cluster of grapes, and a family passion that would last 188 years and counting.

Fast forward to 1957, Filippo and Maria Casella were keeping the business alive in Italy, when they decided to pack up and move to Australia.  However, far away, they couldn't escape their wine roots.  Filippo began selling grapes to local wineries.  Then in 1969, he decided it was time for a new generation of Casellas to put their winemaking skills to work.

Following the blueprint of other Australian winemakers, Casella sourced his fruit from other growing areas throughout Southeastern Australia, creating wines with incredible freshness and character year after year. Almost one-thrid of the grapes used for Yellow Tail are grown right in the Casella family vineyards, nearly 540 acres in the Riverina region of Australia. In 1994 the Casellas built a new and improved winery, blending old world heritage with new world technology.

From humble beginnings, the Casella family has come a long way. Today the company is run by Filippo's three sons, John, Joe and Marcello, while Filippo's grandchildren have become the sixth generation to join the family business. In 2000, John Casella joined forces with another family-run company, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, to bring the goodness of Yellow Tail to the United States.

Year after year, the Casella family continues to create quality wine that's fun, flavorful, and bursting with a personality all its own.


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