A tribute to California's cowboy heritage, B&E winery continues the traditions of horses, cattle, and farming. Doc Elliott (the "E" in B&E) started a racing horse operation of running quarter horses in 1952 and throughout the years produced several world champions. In 1969, the family joined by the "B" (Bello) expanded into farming alfalfa and oat hay production, along with Registered Quarter Horses and Registered Cattle.
Realizing the need for water conservation as an environmental and sustainability concern years before it became popular, the vineyard operation began in 1989. It continues today as a family-owned and operated winery.
We originally planted 25 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon on its own root. We then added 25 acres of Merlot and 8 acres of other reds, primarily used for blending.
Our later plantings are grafted onto a variety of different root stocks. We have had our grapes contracted out to other wineries since the early 90's.
In 1994, we started making our own wine but did not label any for sale until 2002. We started in 2002 with small lots and have been increasing our production since then.
Our red wines are aged in French Oak for 20 months before bottling. We currently produce 2,500 cases per year and will continue until we reach 5,000 cases.
We invite you to come visit us at our winery where we can be found tending to the vines, making wine or mingling in the tasting room.
Cheers, Jerry and Patricia Bello
Bordeaux-Style Blend Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Red Blend Red Rhône-Style Blend