Bella Luna Estate Winery

Small family-owned estate winery, producing 1,500 cases annually, focusing on Italian varietals.

  • About
  • Vineyard Details
  • Varieties Grown
  • Press & Accolades
  • About
    Bella Luna Winery started some 40 years ago in the hearts and minds of its founders, Kevin Healey and Sherman Smoot after they left high school. Kevin had just returned from honorably serving his country in Vietnam and Sherman, a Navy Fighter Pilot, wasn’t far behind. Having grown up together as best friends in the Paso Robles AVA, they have always shared a passion for wine.

    Bella Luna Estate Winery is a small, family owned winery that focuses on Italian varietals, making small lot productions of premium red and white wine, and is located on ten acres in the Templeton Gap District of the famous Paso Robles AVA.

    Sherm and Laurie's son, Jimmy and his wife, Shelly moved back from Napa in January 2015 to help Sherm and Kevin so they could relax a little more. Sherm has been buzzing around more lately and Kevin concentrates more on the vineyards along with enjoying his off days fishing.

    Kevin and Cam's daughter Nichole, and husband Lukas, will be moving back from Australia in Spring of 2018 to join Jimmy and Shelly as the next generation continues to take the helm at Bella Luna Estate Winery.
  • Vineyard Details
    • Our Estate vineyard is located just east of the Salinas River, it is planted in the noble Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals and is one of the few dry-farmed, head trained vineyards in California. Our Estate has some very unique attributes it is influenced by the cool breezes coming from the famous Templeton Gap.
    • First Date Planted: 1998
    • Row Spacings: 11 X 7
    • Trellis Type: Head Trained
    • Rootstock: Own Rootstock
    • Irrigated/Dry Farmed: Dry Farmed
    • Soil Types: Loam
    • Slope Description: Hill
    • Harvest Method: Hand
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  • Varieties Grown
    • Cabernet Sauvignon | 2 acres

    • Sangiovese | 2 acres

  • Press & Accolades
  • Press

    • Sep 2017 | 91 pts, Cellar Selection, 2013 Estate Riserva – Super Tuscan
    • Sep 2017 | 92 Pts, 2015 Fighter Pilot Red, Zinfandel

    Accolades

    • 2013 Estate Riserva - Super Tuscan, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 2017, 91 points, Cellar Selection
    • 2015 Fighter Pilot Red, Zinfandel, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 2017, 92 Points
    • 2013 Estate Riserva - Super Tuscan, Jeb Dunnuck, Sep 2017, 91 Points
    • 2016 Bella Bianca, Jeb Dunnuck, Sep 2017, 90 Points
    • 2013 Barbera, Jeb Dunnuck, Sep 2017, 91 Points
    • 2013 Barbera, SF Wine Competition, Jan 2017, DOUBLE GOLD
    • 2013 Barbera, Amador Barbera Festival, Jun 2016, 2nd place out of 650 Barbera's