Castoro Cellars – Enjoy some wine, some music and play disc golf

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024

Castoro Cellars

Wine, whale bones, yoga, and the #1 winery disc golf course in the world

—Castoro Cellars isn’t just a winery. It’s a destination with wine tasting, the popular Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival, and now a top-rated disc golf course.

Disc golfers have voted, and the tally is in! UDisc, the world’s leading disc golf app, rated Castoro Cellars as the #1 disc golf winery course in the world. UDisc has a directory of all of the courses worldwide, and as players test them out, they rate each course. Castoro Cellars comes out on top again and again. Their course is also rated #76 overall out of all disc golf courses in the world. It’s pretty impressive.

Disc golf at Castoro Cellars is an 18-hole course that winds through the vineyard. The signs along the way explain the types of grapes next to each disc golf stop. Guests are welcome to sip wine while they play. Why have a disc golf course in the middle of a vineyard? Everything about Castoro Cellars is centered around family, and Max Udsen is a disc golf fanatic. His passion for disc golf started in college, and eventually, he approached his parents, owners Bimmer and Niels Udsen about the idea, and in 2013 the course was born.

Paso Robles wine tasting

Passion seems to run in the family. Bimmer and Niels Udsen started Castoro Cellars in 1983. They started small by buying grapes and have been building it up over the years to owning their vineyards. Then they created all estate wines and later transitioned to all of their wine being made from organic grapes. Bimmer and Niels are passionate about being certified organic. It started when Bimmer realized she didn’t want the chemicals that were traditionally used in the vineyards around her small kids. That began their foray into organic grapes. They’re now the largest organic grower in the Paso region with 1,400 acres of grapes certified organic by Certified California Organic Farmers (CCOF) and 500 biodynamic acres.

Niels Udsen explained, “It’s been a long road to get here, but it’s been great. Lots of learning. We’re trying to encourage other people to do the same thing.”

One thing is clear when they’re passionate about something they rise to the top. Another passion is music and sharing it with the local community. The Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival was originally a one-night bash with bands for their 30th anniversary. Bimmer explained, “Then it moved to the meadow, and then a stage was added.” One night became two days, and a music festival was born. Now it’s an annual festival that draws thousands of people each September. It was originally called Beaverstock, a play on Niels’ nickname, Beaver. Castoro means beaver in Italian. However, the people at Woodstock kindly asked them to change it. So, they settled on Whale Rock because of the whale bones scattered around the property. Their Whale Rock Museum has whale bones on display.

As if disc golf, wine, whale bones, and music aren’t enough of a draw, they also hold yoga classes in the vineyard taught by daughter-in-law, Lauren. These monthly yoga classes feature brunch and mimosas after class and are the perfect way to start the day.

The 2024 Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival is scheduled for September 14 and 15. Tickets are on sale now through the website, and the schedule for summer and fall events is also ready!

There really is something for everyone at Castoro Cellars!

Castoro Cellars is located at 1315 Bethel Rd. Templeton, CA 93465. The tasting room is open from 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. The disc golf course is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is $5 per person to play. Check out other events at

—Karen Lycan

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