michael bello - proprietor
Legend has it that once a champion always a champion; because to settle for less is not acceptable. This clearly exemplifies Michael Bello.
Emphasizing an unmatched mix of hard work, quality and high standards, Michael started his career with a residential construction company. Passionate about living life to its fullest, his remarkable business achievements enabled him to pursue two lifelong dreams; to own a champion racehorse and produce a champion wine.
In 2000, determined to produce a premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Michael purchased a piece of prime real estate located in the Napa Valley’s Rutherford Bench district. He set about constructing a French farmhouse with materials imported from France, incorporating details that had never been seen before in Napa Valley. His dream to produce a quality boutique Cabernet Sauvignon was set in motion.
A master at attaining his goals, and driven by his passion, Michael set another dream in motion. In late 2001 he purchases a Thoroughbred racehorse, Megahertz, and brings her to the California stable of trainer Bobby Frankel. This young filly is the beginning of yet another champion story for Bello.
With construction of the Napa estate underway, Michael began the search for a farm manager and a winemaker. Bello knew that his farm needed to be managed by someone with extraordinary talent that shared his vision for perfection. He sought out the acknowledged preeminent farmer in the Valley, David Abreu. In keeping with his pursuit of excellence, Michael teamed David with the accomplished and highly acclaimed winemaker Aaron Pott. With the guidance of these top professionals, Michael purchased only the best grapes from local vineyards, obtained the highest-quality winemaking materials and demanded strict adherence to superior winemaking techniques. The result would produce a champion: Bello Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.
Back at the track, Megahertz makes her first start in the US on January 9, 2002, winning at Santa Anita Park. She did it in what would become her trademark style, coming from the back of the field to win in the home stretch. And like her owner, driven by hard work and the passion of a champion, she goes on to win another four stakes that year. When she retired from racing, Megahertz had accomplished a record that put her into a field of champions. In November 2007 Bello sold Megahertz.
Today, with his signature Bello Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Megahertz Cabernet Sauvignon, Bello has successfully captured the prestige of exclusive taste with the excitement of upscale leisure proving that finishing first and becoming a champion is one of life’s greatest luxuries.