Betz Family

The story startet in 1974, when Bob and Cathy Betz complete their year of “training” in vineyards of France, Italy and Germany. The year after, Bob starts his 28 year career at Chateau St. Michelle, the preeminent wine company in Washington State, where he is appointed Vice President Winemaking Research in 1984.

Looking to improve himself, Bob receives his Master of Wine degree in 1998, one of only 278 MW's in the world. The exam has a 12% pass rate. Bob receives the Robert Mondavi Award for the highest scores in all theory exams and the Villa Maria Award for the highest scores in the viticultural exam. They year before, Bob and Cathy crush their first vintage of Betz Family wines with 150 cases. The wines are made in the warehouse district of Woodinville, with help from their volunteer friends.

Their wine business growing, Bob and Cathy build a state of the art winery in Woodinville in 2005 and Bob is named as Sunset Magazine’s Wine Maker of the Year in 2007.

In 2008, the Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is named Washington’s Number One Wine of the Year  by the Seattle Times wine critic, Paul Gregutt.

In 2011, Bob and Cathy sell Betz Family Winery to Steve and Bridgit Griessel with Bob remaining as the winery’s  “patriarch” and winemaker for the next 5 years.

In 2014, 2010 Pere de Famille is ranked #6 in the World in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections!