ABOUT FÄSI ESTATE WINERY
Ralph P. Fäsi immigrated from Switzerland to the United States when he was 28 years old with about $2,000 dollars in his pocket. Being born and raised in a country where the legal drinking age is 16, it surprises most that this wine enthusiast never had a single sip of alcohol until he was 26 years old. Although Ralph always yearned to live in the United States, he now believes that what brought him to the Central Valley was fate. In 1981, Ralph and his wife were traveling through Yosemite on vacation and were in a horrible car accident that threw them off a 150 foot cliff at Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park. This car accident is what led them to the nearest hospital in Fresno, which later became the location for the start of Ralph’s entrepreneurial domain. At the time, Ralph didn’t know that he happened to land in one of the world’s largest agricultural hubs, but soon found out that the Ag industry is a trade he would come to admire.
After some success in farming, Ralph was able to buy his River Ranch property which included a 42 acre vineyard. At first, the vineyard was planted with Grenache grapes, but in 2000, Ralph decided to plant Syrah grapes in the hopes of creating his own wine one day. He quickly realized that he is no winemaker, and that this career takes someone with far more experience, and in turn, began donating a portion of his grapes to a local college, California State University, Fresno, for the viticulture students to produce wine.
Ralph’s passion to create an amazing wine did not stop there. His business ventures brought him to Argentina many times, and he was always told about Mendoza and the amazing wine produced there. After years of flying over the Andes, he was connected with a winemaker in Argentina by the name of Karim Mussi. Karim and Ralph instantly connected and understood one another. Ralph wanted to invest in Karim’s wine operation and soon thereafter they became business partners and set out to create something wonderful, FÄSI ARGENTINA wines.
Whether you want to taste something extraordinary, learn something new, or simply enjoy an afternoon, we welcome you to our winery. Our tasting room is pleasantly cool on a hot summer day and the patio area invites guests to relax, catch up with friends, drink a glass of wine and maybe even spot a hawk or a coyote, all while situated along the beautiful back-drop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Fäsi Estate Winery is located on Road 208, right off Highway 41, just 15 minutes north of Fresno's River Park Shopping Center.
The Fäsi Estate Syrah Vineyard, “Vineyard 2000” aka "V2K", was named for the year it was planted. Located along the banks of the San Joaquin River in Madera County, the vineyard was developed according to the most advanced technology available with the assistance of Fresno State University, Viticulture Department.
Being along the river, the 42 acre vineyard has Class I soils, very sandy in nature with slight slopes. It is farmed organically certified by CCOF and over 50% of the crop is thinned out so that yields of between 4-7 tons per acre are reached which results in intense flavors. "Deficit Irrigation" is applied to build even stronger character to the grapes. The superb micro-climate we find along the river, with night temperatures in excess of 10º below surrounding areas, provides for the perfect environment for our Syrah grapes to evolve.
Everything we do at FÄSI ARGENTINA —everything our hands touch—is driven by an individual concept for each label. We make wine that speaks distinctly of the place where it originates. Which only makes sense, since FÄSI ARGENTINA wines are crafted in the finest wine grape growing region in Argentina. Uco Valley, in the Mendoza wine country, is blessed with the extraordinary advantages characteristic of the area, including high
altitudes in the Andean Foothills, excellent sun exposure with moderate temperatures, and pristine mountain water for irrigation.
Farmed sustainably, the vineyard’s are made up of the original root stocks. Natural fertilizer is created by combining winter cover crops and pressed grape skins. The rows are mowed rather than sprayed for weeds and the vines are harvested by hand. Close, careful interaction with the fruit continues in the FÄSI ARGENTINA winery. Harvested clusters are kept intact from the sorting table to the press to ensure varietal purity.
The grapes of FÄSI ARGENTINA’s white wine is grown in the very north region of Argentina, Cafayate, Salta, which is located at an astonishing altitude of 5,700 feet. The desert climate combined with the significant elevation, provides for the ideal environment to grow an amazingly fruitful, yet dry, Torrontés wine.
The grapes of FÄSI ARGENTINA’s red wines are all grown in the premier wine growing region of Mendoza – La Consulta, Uco Valley. The vineyard is located at an altitude of 3,300 feet, about 65 miles to the south of the state capital. These grapes produce a wonderfully elegant yet powerful character exploding with dark fruit aromas and intensely satisfying flavors for each of our red wines.
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