POSTED ON July 31, 2006 | IN Hidden Napa Wineries, Tasting Rooms | BY Joe Becerra

This is a funky little winery on the Silverado Trail not too far from the town of Calistoga. They only make 1500 cases of wine per year, and many of these wines are unusual varietals that you don’t normally see. The tasting room is a kick, mostly cluttered with memorabilia. Years ago Elvis Presley shot a scene for one of his movies in the Casa Nuestra vineyards so there is good collection of Elvis items in the tasting room.

We visited Casa Nuestra at mid-week and it was very quiet with just one other couple in the tasting room. After we tasted and enjoyed the wines, our host, a very polite young man, lead us to the barrel room about 100 yards from the tasting room. casa-nuestra-winery.jpg

Efrain gave us a couple of barrel samples and we enjoyed a conversation about the Casa Nuestra wines. Our favorite Casa Nuestra wine was the 2005 Rosato. It’s perfect for a picnic lunch.

The Good: Family owned, tasting fee applied to a purchase, very relaxed atmosphere, nice picnic area.
The Bad: Nothing really unless you are looking for the typical chic Napa Valley tasting room.