Ross Wallace - Winemaker
We are delighted to have Ross join our team. He brings terrific credentials in crafting top quality wine in Napa Valley and we look forward to him making his mark on Bello Family’s portfolio. We were lucky to come out of the gate strong with our first vintages from 2006 forward and we feel like we are really hitting our stride—now it’s time in our evolution to have a full-time winemaker at the helm,” said Bello.
Wallace is a 1999 graduate of Fresno State University with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutritional Science—Enology Option. Today, a 15-year Napa resident, he comes to Bello from tenures as winemaker at Hunnicutt Wine Company and cult-favorite Bryant Family Vineyards in St. Helena, as well as positions at other well-regarded Napa Valley wineries including Laird Family Estate, Nickel and Nickel Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, and Groth Vineyards as well as Craggy Range Winery in New Zealand. He replaces consulting winemaker Aaron Pott.
“This is an exciting opportunity to take this young brand to the top of the class of Napa Valley’s great wines. I appreciate the family’s philosophy of thinking like a champion. They clearly get that from breeding and racing champion race horses. It’s a winning spirit that permeates everything they do,” said Wallace.
Bello Family Vineyards is most known for its highly-rated Cabernet Sauvignons that include a Napa Valley bottling, a Rutherford Estate Reserve bottling and their mainstay known as Megahertz, an homage to their champion mare. Other limited bottlings include highly-acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Rosé offerings.