Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves is pleased to announce the promotion of David Majerus to the position of assistant winemaker. In this important role, Majerus will be we working alongside Winemaker Joe Healy and Consulting Winemaker Mike Dashe to craft Bella’s acclaimed portfolio of wines, which includes Zinfandel and Rhône-varietal bottlings. Prior to becoming assistant winemaker, Majerus was Bella’s enologist, a position he held since 2009.
Majerus came to the wine industry from a non-traditional background. Though he earned his first degree in chemistry from Carleton College, Majerus went on to earn his M.A. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University, where he also did work towards a Ph.D. After university, Majerus was an economist for the Department of Justice and a senior economist for The Tilden Group, before becoming a principal, and ultimately vice president of the global consulting firm CRA International. A long-time wine enthusiast, in 2007, Majerus left the world of economics after a successful 20-year career to pursue his dream of becoming a winemaker, joining the team at Bella as a harvest intern at the age of 46.
“David changed his whole life to follow his passion,” said Bella co-founder Scott Adams. “He brings that drive and enthusiasm into the winery with him every day. He also combines a keen analytical mind with a love for the artistry of winemaking. It has been exciting to watch David embrace his dream, and to be a part of making it happen. We are proud to name David our assistant winemaker.”
Founded in 1999 by Scott and Lynn Adams, Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves has earned a reputation as one of Dry Creek Valley’s finest producers of Zinfandel and Rhône-varietal wines. With an estate program that includes the acclaimed Lily Hill Estate in Dry Creek Valley and Big River Ranch in Alexander Valley, Bella focuses on limited-production, vineyard-designate wines from old- and mature-vine properties.