5700 Occidental Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401s
Winemaker: Anthony Beckman
Forum Contact: Nick Frey
Balletto Vineyards is a family-owned, estate winery producing site-driven Russian River Valley wines with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. One of the few estate wineries in the appellation, Balletto Vineyards is owned and operated by Sonoma County natives John and Terri Balletto.
Balletto Vineyards started in 1977 as a vegetable farming business, then known as Balletto Ranch. John, his mother and his wife, Terri, grew the business into the largest vegetable farm in Northern California. Seeing a bright future for wine from the Russian River Valley, John and Terri transitioned to grape growing in 1995. The couple created the first vintage in 2001 from their Russian River Valley estate vineyards. Ever since, Balletto Vineyards has delivered sustainably-produced wines that speak proudly of the place they are grown and the people involved in their production.
Winemaker Anthony Beckman, who joined Balletto Vineyards in 2007, taps the natural acidity derived from the cool climate to create wines with depth, structure and finesse. When it comes to describing his winemaking philosophy, Anthony says he strives for what he thinks of as ‘deliciousness.’ His goal is for every wine to create something that elicits that spark of excited pleasure when tasted and shared. Or as he says, “’Deliciousness’ is something you smell and taste and then think ‘Oh, that’s good’ and take another sip. And that, in my eyes, is success.”