Cassegrain Wines is an acclaimed producer of full flavoured, yet soft and elegant wines using fruit sourced from established and emerging regions throughout NSW. Offering a diverse and award-winning portfolio, our name is synonymous with quality, consistency and innovation.
One of the premier tourist destinations in Port Macquarie and the wider Mid North Coast, our estate is located adjacent to the M1 Motorway offering locals and travellers a range of experiences from winery tours and tastings at our cellar door and delicious meals at our on-site restaurant (CURRENTLY UNDERGOING RENOVATION AND WILL RE-OPEN IN LATE SEPTEMBER) to horse riding and our wine club. Cassegrain is a leading venue for weddings and functions of all sizes and styles and often plays host to musical festivals, markets and other events.
Meet the Cassegrains
Descended from an old winemaking family in France, Cassegrain Wines uses a rich knowledge of traditional French winemaking methods combined with modern Australian technique and technology to create a diverse portfolio of wines. For over thirty years, Cassegrain has been led by industry pioneer John Cassegrain, whose French heritage and unique winemaking experience has shaped the distinctive house style.
Family tradition is a vital ingredient at the heart of the past, present and future of Cassegrain Wines. Above the entrance to our Cellar Door, you will find the historic Cassegrain family crest crafted in stained glass, along with the family motto in medieval french - "Je Resjois Les Cvers", (make the heart rejoice). This is the essence of the Cassegrain family and the wines they produce.
Meet John Cassegrain
In the late 1970s, as major advancements were being made in Australian wine technology, John Cassegrain was undertaking his Bachelor of Oenology at South Australia’s renowned Roseworthy College. Having been influenced by these advances in wine science, John then developed his hands-on experience with ten vintages working alongside the iconic Murray Tyrrell at Tyrrells Winery in the Hunter Valley and several vintages in France including the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions.
Highly regarded in the wine industry, John has a strong interest in establishing new regions, exploring new grape varieties and encouraging more sustainable farming practices.
Meet Alex and Philippe Cassegrain
With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Viticulture and Oenology from The Universtiy of Adelaide, Alex gained valuable experience in Tasmania and France, learning his craft at Tamar Ridge Wines and Chateau Guiaud respectively. Now as Senior Winemaker at Cassegrain Wines, he works closely with his father as together they evolve and refine the distinctive wine style that they have become known for.
Youngest son Philippe, currently completing a Bachelor of Business in International Business, also works in the family business, hands on during vintage and year round as a representative of the Cassegrain portfolio and assisting with the wider business development and growth of the company.
The Cassegrain family began winemaking in France in 1643. After settling in Australia, they forged the revival of winemaking in the Hastings River region with the planting of the first vineyard near Port Macquarie in 1980. John and Eva Cassegrain first opened Cassegrain Wines on 16 December 1985, with the winery enjoying much success over the last three decades including many awards and accolades. Their two sons, Alex and Philippe, grew up in the vineyard and having worked in the winery throughout the years, learnt the time-honoured winemaking practices that have been passed through the generations.
The core philosophy at Cassegrain Wines is the marriage of traditional French winemaking methods with modern Australian technology, an innovative approach that gives Cassegrain Wines a unique point of difference. The result is a diverse portfolio of full flavoured, yet soft and elegantly styled wines.
As a multi-regional producer, this approach allows Cassegrain Wines to focus on the strengths of each region, blending fruit and crafting wines of complexity and real interest, but true to style and variety. Vineyard parcels come from growers throughout NSW who are dedicated to producing outstanding fruit; with the principal aim being to ensure that the characteristic flavours of the fruit are maintained and enhanced during the winemaking process, delivering excellence in each and every bottle.
Located in the Hastings River region, Cassegrain Wines enjoys a temperate maritime climate and is widely renowned as the first winery to grow and produce Chambourcin commercially in Australia.
The original vineyard was planted in 1980, and with a keen interest in new and emerging regions, Cassegrain have since evolved to operate as a multi-regional producer. Fruit is now sourced from across NSW including Orange, Rylstone, Tumbarumba, New England, Cowra and the Hunter Valley.
Our locale here in Port Macquarie is one of incredible beauty - both in terrain and in makeup of our residents. Collaboration in our region is what makes our slice of the coast incredible as we have a wide array of producers from the region creating incredible products that have become known all over.
As such - we have become an increasingly popular spot for tourists - domestic and international - and we here at Cassegrain are proud to be a key contributor to the overall energy and engaging offering of our town. Should you be interested in visiting, hosting an event, having your wedding or attending an event here - please head to either our Functions page or our What's On page for more info. We're also listed on this website for conferences and event services: https://www.meetinnsw.com.au/destinations/north-coast/venues/cassegrain-winery