Bob Betz is owner/winemaker of Betz Family Winery. His passion for wine was fueled by a year in the vineyards and cellars of Western Europe in the early 1970s, where his focus on the basics of grape growing and winemaking laid a foundation for the following decades in the Washington wine industry.
After returning to Seattle in the mid 1970s Bob joined Chateau Ste. Michelle. During nearly three decades there Bob was part of the emergence of Washington winemaking, working to make this new viticultural area become a reality.
Bob holds a Master of Wine (MW) degree from the Institute of Masters of Wine in London.
In 1997 Bob and his wife started Betz Family Winery, focused on red varieties from the Columbia Valley. Working with specific vineyards and growers in selected climate and soil sites, Bob began to craft Bordeaux and Rhone-variety wines. With defined vineyards strategies, precise cellar protocol and limited case production, Bob has made wines that reflect the diligence that a small producer can bring to making fine wine.