It all started in 1820, when the first Casellas planted some vines in the Italian countryside. Two things sprouted shortly thereafter: a cluster of grapes, and a family passion that would last 188 years and counting.
Fast forward to 1957. Filippo and Maria Casella were keeping the business alive in Italy, when they decided to pack up and move to Australia. However far away, they couldn’t escape their wine roots. Filippo began selling grapes to local wineries. Then in 1969, he decided it was time for a new generation of Casellas to put their winemaking skills to use.
Following the blueprint of other Australian winemakers, Casella sourced his fruit from other growing areas throughout South Eastern Australia, creating wines with incredible freshness and character year after year. Still, almost a third of the grapes used for [yellow tail] are grown right in the Casella family’s vineyards, nearly 540 acres in the Riverina region of Australia. In 1994, the Casellas built a new and improved winery, blending old world heritage with new world technology.
From humble beginnings, this family has come a long way. Today the company is run by Filippo’s three sons—John, Joe and Marcello—while Filippo’s grandchildren have become the sixth generation to join the family business. In 2000, John Casella joined forces with another family-run company, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, to bring the goodness of [yellow tail] to the United States.
Year after year, the Casella family continues to create quality wine that’s fun, flavorful, and bursting with a personality all of its own.
"What's with the name?"
Funny you should ask. Our name comes from the yellow-footed rock wallaby, a smaller cousin of the kangaroo that has a golden tail.
There’s a story behind our little mascot. We were looking up "kangaroo" in a textbook when we came across a technical description of a wallaby. In the margin, alongside the Latin derivation of the name, was the Australian version in brackets. [yellow tail]. The brackets set it apart, and lowercase lettering kept it unpretentious. We thought that was a perfect name for our wines, and it stuck.