Bryan Cass

Partner & General Manager Cass Vineyards & Winery

Bryan’s start in the wine business began in High School shortly after his family purchased the property that Cass Winery and Vineyards now sits on. The summer before his junior year of High School, he and his friends would work away the days repairing fences, clearing out debris, and avoiding rattlesnakes on the soon-to-be vineyard.

He applied to Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo and got accepted under an Agricultural Business major with a minor in Wine and Viticulture. During his stay at Cal Poly, he spent two vintages working at Courtside Cellars in San Luis Obispo. This got him acquainted with working on a bottling line, doing pump overs, punch downs, as well as yeast and chemical additions amongst other things. He really enjoyed this experience,  getting to work with wine and see how it is made.

After graduation from Cal Poly, Bryan started working in the Cass tasting room. Bryan followed up in February 2006 when he started graduate school at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

He went to school or “uni” there for a year and a half, completing a Master’s degree in Wine Business, and worked for a few Australian wineries along the way. Coriole Winery in the McLaren Vale and Abbey Rock winery in the Adelaide Hills.  After graduation  Bryan moved back to Central California and started working with Cass again. Since then Bryan has worked in the tasting room and managed the wine club, he is currently Partner and General Manager at Cass.