Small Lots | Single Clones
At Bell Wine Cellars, above and beyond is second nature. We know that added effort in the vineyard and cellar leads to greater enjoyment among our visitors and wine club members during their Napa wine tasting. Our passion is infectious and powers everything we do, from the close-knit bonds we’ve forged with growers to the way we present the wines from our Yountville estate.
JOIN US IN THE VINEYARD
Dedication commands our every action. The entire Bell team is ardent about presenting the winery’s unique place in Yountville wine culture. It’s long been our role to reveal the many appellations of our surroundings, and do so with graceful wines backed by superb hospitality. We are warm and familial, collaborative and curious, and obsessed with quality.
The Berberian Family
The Berberian Family has a rich legacy in doing business in California; first, as a prominent wine and spirits wholesaler for 55 years in both California and Nevada, and then, as owners of the Bank of Agriculture and Commerce, launched in 1965 in Stockton, California. The bank quickly gained a reputation for its exceptional customer service and attention to the needs of all clients. Subsequently, Ron Berberian oversaw the expansion of the bank to 11 branches, serving San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties. Under his leadership, the bank was renamed BAC Community Bank and has become one of the most successful community banks. The Berberians’ longstanding knowledge and expertise of quality wines eventually brought them to Napa Valley and its renowned wine country. Together, Ron and Dea, are dedicated to enhancing the experience of visiting Bell Wines and offering the best quality of their award-winning wines.
The Spanos Family
The Spanos name is one of the most trusted and respected in the world of real estate development and construction. They are equally known for their philanthropy to education, health, and youth initiatives. As owners of the NFL team, the Los Angeles Chargers, they are committed to the welfare of the community at large and a winning spirit. Being native to Northern California through several generations, Napa Valley and the wine industry have always held their interest and admiration. Their affiliation with Bell Wine Cellars dates to 2002.
BUSINESS & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Sharon retired from the telecommunications industry in 2000 and has been with Bell Wine Cellars ever since. She was first introduced to wine through her parents when they moved from northern Michigan to Napa Valley. As Operations Manager, Sharon covers a broad spectrum of vital winery projects to ensure smooth progress, growth and profitability. As a leader with excellent communication and people skills, her job is to safeguard and enhance the efficiency of the winery’s operations, and apply improvements to accelerate development and long-term success. When she is not supervising staff or reviewing financial spreadsheets, inventory, or operational budgets, Sharon is tending to customers and managing relationships with winery partners.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Chris hails from New Orleans and has been working in wine since the 1980s. His wine career began at a bottle shop, progressed into a role at a local distributor, and eventually landed him in prominent positions in wineries and restaurants throughout the country. He credits his time on the floor and ability to speak the language of the restauranteur for his success in the industry. While Chris touts an extensive resume, the highlights, he says, are based in Napa. He is especially drawn to the history, culture, and incredible wines of Bell.
TASTING ROOM MANAGER
WINE CLUB MANAGER
More About Bell Wine Cellars
Yountville is in the center of the Napa valley, the area George C. Yount first settled after receiving the entire valley as a grant from Mariano Vallejo, who owned thousands of acres under the Mexican government. Yount built a blockhouse and mill three miles north of here. He also planted the valley’s first grapes in 1838. Thirty-two years later, Groezinger’s enormous brick winery (now Vintage 1870, a honeycomb of small specialty shops), stood beside the train station in the center of town. Further up the valley, construction of the Christian Brothers and Charles Krug wineries indicates that the region was already recognized nationally as a prime location for growing spectacular grapes, producing glorious wines.
Situated off the beaten path, just south of Yountville, is an exquisite pale stone winery, shrouded by oak, bordered to the south by Hopper Slough, surrounded by vineyard and cloaked in quiet. After looking for twenty years, winemaker Anthony Bell found the perfect place to produce the wines he had long dreamed of – limited production, hand crafted wines that showcase the concept of “terroir”. In 1998, Bell Wine Cellars opened its doors to the public to share the beauty of the place, and the wine.
In June 2002 – Ron Berberian, former California wine wholesaler, and Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers, formed Spanos Berberian Winery, LLC. The venture acquired interest in the brand name and assets of Bell Wine Cellars, and a new partnership was formed with Anthony.
Nestled between the stacks of aromatic barrels and towering stainless steel tanks, guests can taste the signature Bell Cabernet, at the intimate, elegant tasting room. We also serve Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah, encompassing a wide range of flavors, from vineyards both near and far afield.
Bell Wine Cellars was co-founded in 1991 by Anthony Bell and a local Napa Valley grower. Frequent discussions about grape growing practices and wine quality reinforced their belief that great wines are not only a product of the vineyard – the terroir – but that elegance, fruit, and balance are hallmarks of a fine wine
In the decade that followed, utilizing information gained from Anthony’s clonal research on Cabernet Sauvignon and his first hand experience with the new outbreak of phylloxera, the winery began to fine tune its vision, focusing on the vineyard aspects of their mission.
In 1991 Bell crushed its first 10 tons of Jackson Clone (aka Clone 6) Cabernet Sauvignon at a small winery in Carneros. As their production grew, winemaking moved to a winery in St. Helena and subsequently to Napa Wine Company in Oakville. In March 1998, Bell moved into the former Plam Vineyards winery in Yountville. The winery holds 40,000 gallons of wine in 24 stainless steel tanks. A new barrel room holds 1,200 barrels for aging and a large, outdoor, covered crush pad houses pressing and crushing equipment. Guests are received in the tasting room located within the tank room, a Reserve Room for special tastings, or a large outdoor patio, complete with outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, and bocce courts. The acreage surrounding the winery is planted to Merlot and three clones of Chardonnay.
In 2002, Ron Berberian, former California wine wholesaler, along with Alex Spanos and his family, real estate developers and owners of the San Diego Chargers, acquired the assets of the former wine company and formed a new partnership with Anthony. With their support and vision, Bell has grown from the original 500 cases to 15,000 cases, with an ultimate goal of 16,500 cases. Today the partners pursue their dream, continuing the area’s tradition of producing wonderful wines as well as limited edition, hand crafted wines – all displaying their hallmark elegance and balance