The Lasseters feel that serendipity led them to this special property, founded by a French winemaker in 1894. At the time, Glen Ellen was home to a significant number of French-speaking settlers, many of whom were growing grapes and producing wine. This heritage meshed perfectly with Nancy and John Lasseter’s love of French wines and the old world approach to winemaking. They acquired the property in 2002.
The Lasseter family recognized the importance of providing its winemaker with the necessary tools to make world-class wines. Since the original production facility had been modified extensively over the years and had lost all significant historical value, they decided to build a completely new, eco-friendly winery. The understated new structure, designed by architect Jessie Whitesides, pays homage to early Californian architecture. It was built within the footprint of the historic winery site, keeping a low profile and using subtle materials that complement the surrounding natural environment. First used for production during harvest 2010, the winery was completed in 2011.
The winery is designed to process grapes as gently as possible. Using state of the art equipment, the emphasis is on cleanliness, minimal handling, and limited intervention. Observing the highest standards possible, the winery is once again producing fine wines with a decidedly French accent.
Lasseter Family Winery is open to the public by appointment only.