In the early 1900’s, grandparents Pietro and Teresina Bassetti purchased 633 acres just outside the town of Cambria on the central coast of California. These Swiss immigrants made their way as dairy farmers. Of their six children, the second eldest son Tilden, chose to stay and carry on dairy farming with his wife Rena, adding beef cattle along with hay and grain production.
Ellis Bassetti, Tilden's son, married Susie after graduating from Cal Poly and set up at the old family farm house, continuing in his father's footsteps as well as becoming a general contractor.
In 1989, we acquired 60 acres of the original family holding and began to move in a very different direction.
Today the acreage sustains our vineyard, olive orchard, lavender, herbs, figs, pomegranates, Meyer lemon, blood orange, pear and apple trees.
With our Swiss Italian heritage, there have been grapes on the property since our grandfather’s time for “personal consumption”.
Our circle of friends included a number of successful growers and vintners. Through good friends Augie and Rachelle Hug we met John and Lorraine Alban.
John Alban was the consultant for our vineyard development. It was his knowledge and foresight that pointed to initially planting Syrah. John’s knowledge and friendship has been integral to the evolution of these estate vineyards. Grenache came later and we currently have 13 acres in vine.
The majority of our grapes are sourced to premier local wineries and winemakers, (primarily Denner vineyards), resulting in a number of well-regarded single varietal Syrahs and Rhone blends produced under their labels.
Our first bottling under the Bassetti Family Vineyards label was in 2000. We have been blessed with outstanding winemakers, and
since 2007 our wines are crafted by the extremely talented Anthony Yount. Anthony and his beautiful family are a huge part of the Bassetti Vineyards Family.
We currently bottle 100% Estate Syrah, 100% Estate Grenache, a GSM Rhone blend (with Mourvedre from Denner Vineyards), an Estate Syrah Reserve and an Estate Grenache Rose under the estate label.
Our wines are available for purchase and tasting by appointment at the Estate or online on our website.
Join our exclusive wine club, Club Pietro for an allocation of new vintages and library wines by clicking Join Club Pietro on our website.
Find Ellis Bassetti on Friday’s at the Cambria Farmer’s Market with Bassetti wine and culinary products including our Estate Taggiasca Olive Oil.
Join Club Pietro for a twice yearly shipment of new vintages from the estate.
15% discount on all wine purchases.
6 bottles in the Spring/Fall.
Download our club form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A sustainably-farmed vineyard & orchard cultivated on land ranched by the Bassetti family for almost one hundred years. Susan and Ellis Bassetti, proprietors.
1191 North Green Valley Road, Cambria, California 93428, United States
Tasting and tours by appointment only