Casa De Sue Winery

A couple decades ago, Mac and JoAnn Cazedessus were driving from their home in Clinton to their son’s football game in Natchez, Mississippi. While on the road, they noticed a sign advertising a local winery. This got them talking.

JoAnn recalls Mac’s reaction. “My husband said, ‘I could do that.’” The Cazedessuses, who already owned a pick- your-own blueberry farm, got to work. They began growing muscadines, a particularly heat- and humidity-tolerant grape variety that does well in Louisiana soil, and blended it with blueberries. Their first wine, dubbed Jambalaya, was born.

“The more he made, the better it got,” says JoAnn.

In 1992, Casa De Sue (a derivation of the Cazedessus name) became the first licensed winery in the state. Since then, the tiny operation has ripened into a business that produces 11 varieties of sweet and dry wines comprised of reds, whites and blends. In the 2014 growing season, the Cazedessus family produced 3,000 gallons. As testimony to the Cazedessus’ commitment to quality, they grow all their grapes and blueberries organically.

The family sells Casa De Sue at fairs, festivals and farmers markets, though your best bet for finding a bottle may be at the Cajun Village in Sorrento. There, you can sample from their blends in the tasting room while checking out the intact circa 19th century village. It’s a taste of Cajun Country like no other.