Fäsi Crest wines grew out of a passion for fine wines by Ralph P. Fäsi. What started as dabbling with some homemade wine with his close friend, Cesare Fabietti in the 1990’s, changed to a more professional approach in 1999 when the 42 acre Thompsons/Grenache ranch surrounding the residence of the Fäsi Family was replanted and turned into a “cutting edge” vineyard, growing Syrah grapes. With the help of the Fresno State Viticulture department (Dr. Bob Wample) and Ag Quest, the objective was to create a vineyard like no other and to produce superior quality grapes as the foundation to craft top wines in the Madera Appellation. Quality, not quantity was the driving force behind the project.
2003 was the first vintage of Fäsi Crest Syrah Private Reserve. Each vintage since has received Gold Medals, sometimes even reaching the “Best of Class” acclamation, proving the crucial point that Madera can compete with fine wines from any locale.
With the purchase of the vineyard formerly known as V208, Fäsi Estate has now found a home where various wines will be crafted, providing an elegant tasting room for discerning all its creations.
Ralph P. Fäsi, born in Switzerland, has lived with his family on the home ranch along the San Joaquin River in Madera County since 1992 – and in the San Joaquin Valley since 1983.
We look forward to your visit to Fäsi Estate Winery in the near future. The anticipated start date of our tasting room operation is May 2012. The easily accessible location on Highway 41 and Road 208 (past Hwy 145) is just 20 minutes north of Fresno. Opening times are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Cheers!