A True Family Affair
From Vegetable Farming to Grape Growing
At Balletto Vineyards, it’s all about family. From the very beginning, President and Founder John Balletto put his family first by helping his mother run their five-acre farm, after the passing of his father in 1977. Balletto was just 17 years old, but that was the very beginning of creating a successful family-run business that today, his wife Terri and daughters are very much a part of.
In the early nineties, John and Terri transitioned a small part of the family’s vegetable farm into wine grapes. After a few seasons of bad weather that damaged many of their vegetable crops, they decided to transition the business from vegetable farming to full-time grape growing. In a few short years, John and Terri planted their land to primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. During this time, they established relationships with well-known winemakers throughout the county and sold their fruit.
Crafting Estate-Grown Wines
Years later, in 2001, the family decided to start making their own wine under the Balletto Vineyards name. Today, Balletto Vineyards is one of the most well-known grape growers and wine producers in all of Sonoma County, highly-regarded for their wines. The Ballettos farm 16 estate vineyards—all in the Russian River Valley appellation—and make a stunning collection of nearly 20 estate wines.
At the estate, everything is a family affair. John, President and Founder, works in the vineyards and grows the grapes; Terri assists with all things winery-related as the Vice President. John and Terri’s daughter, Jacqueline, is the Direct to Consumer & Tasting Room Manager; she is hardworking and passionate about working at the winery and carrying on the family business. John and Terri’s daughter, Caterina, contributes to the Balletto blog.
New Release: Twin Ridges Chardonnay
The Ballettos are excited to announce the inaugural release of the Twin Ridges Chardonnay! The 2016 Twin Ridges Chardonnay is made from grapes grown on two very well-known hillside vineyards—Sexton Hill and Cider Ridge, located on the Sonoma Coast just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and their proximity to the ocean provides a significant cooling influence that brings complexity and acidity to the wine. Savory and spicy aromas burst from the glass, while the palate possesses beautiful acidity and excellent structure. Salty minerality, lemon zest and pear make for a delicious flavor profile that’s both delicate and complex. The wine sees 18 months of ageing in 34% new French oak and only 270 cases are produced.