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Ballentine Vineyards
2820 St Helena Hwy N
St Helena, CA 94574

(707) 963-7919

Ballentine Vineyards

Betty’s grandfather, Libero Pocai arrived in California in 1884 at the age of 22. He left the small city of Lucca, Italy to make his fortune, with dreams of returning home. Before a small sum could be amassed, his father died, leaving him little reason to return to Italy. He fortunately met Maria Cristofani and soon they married. Maria was also the daughter of an Italian immigrant family. They planned to stay in San Francisco, while Libero found work in the wood and coal business. But Maria’s health suffered and the family doctor told Libero to get her to the country. On April 18th 1906, the catastrophic earthquake of San Francisco encouraged them to make their way to the upper end of Napa Valley, near Calistoga. Libero knew he was destined to plant a vineyard, make wine, and raise a family. He had the foresight or the unbelievable luck to purchase 60 acres of the best possible vineyard land in the Napa Valley. It was purchased from the T.H. Steele family. The early deed to the land recorded that payment was made in gold coins.


Barrel tasting available
Family Owned

Varietals as 2010:
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Chenin Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc
Petit Verdot
Petit Sirah

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