July 9, 2018

When visitors walk through the entrance of Durst Winery & Estate and view the spectacular grounds and charming 100-year-old home known as Amada Mia, they would never know that this first-class winery in Acampo was once an abandoned, run-down property. Just minutes from...

May 29, 2018

What’s your winemaking style? 

I’m a fan of Old World European wines that are lower in alcohol and meant to be enjoyed with food. I try to make Durst wines in the same style. Winemaking is a perfect fit for me because it allows me the ability to create and experiment....

"Authentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow and painful way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center...

July 29, 2016

The moment the car turns onto the expansive 25-foot wide driveway that leads to Durst Winery & Estate in Acampo, visitors are transported to another world. Described as a “hidden gem” by Owner Cassandra Durst, the winery is a place for gathering, honoring its past as t...

May 9, 2016

Recipe By:Chef Mike

"Quick and easy marinade and so tasty, I was trusted with this recipe but I can't keep it to myself!"


  • 1 (10 pound) prime rib roast

  • 10 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground...

May 9, 2016

Recipe By: Esmee Williams

"This is a wonderful way to prepare fresh salmon fillets in the oven. Be sure to make extra, your family will be begging for more!"


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/4 cup...

September 16, 2015

ACAMPO — Cassandra Durst drove past what was left of a delapidated, two-story home surrounded by chain-link fences with “Danger” and “No Trespassing” signs affixed to it on East Acampo Road several years ago.

Where most could only see a property in distress, the designe...

Savoring a first sip from this California bottle of wine, we both looked at each other and said, “Amazingly smooth!” With its flowery, berry and chocolate feel, we savored this exquisite wine from Lodi, the center of our Zinfandel universe.

Durst Winery produced th...

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