1969-1982 - Farming First

Third & Fourth Generation

The Ballentine’s first winery, Deer Park Winery, was sold and is now owned and operated by Bremmer Family Winery. In 1982, the Pocai family winey, L. Pocai & Sons closed after Frank and Van made the last vintage together. 

With both family wineries gone, Betty and Van refocused their attention on farming and selling grapes to notable and neighboring wineries. Betty’s family leased the Pocai Vineyard in Calistoga to Van Ballentine to farm grapes. With the help from Frank and Bill in the summers, Betty and Van were able to keep the three vineyards, Pocai, Fig Tree, and Betty’s, in the family.

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