1992-2002 - Reviving the Family Winery

Third Generation

After a decade of farming the three vineyards and selling fruit to some of Napa Valley’s most recognized brands, Betty and Van revived the family winery. Using Betty’s accounting experience and Van’s vast knowledge in the vineyards, it made sense to continue the legacy for their family and future generations as Napa Valley vintners. 

Ballentine Vineyards was reborn with the 1992 vintage. As Napa Valley wines grew in popularity among consumers and critics, the Ballentine wines of the ’90s and ’00s also grew in demand among grocery stores and large retailers. A tasting room was added to the winery to host visiting guests. 

In 1999, Betty and Van hired Bruce Devlin, a young assistant winemaker who was quickly promoted to winemaker. Together, they worked to craft the family’s wines. 


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