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Bob Betz MW returns to Col Solare as Consulting Winemaker

Posted on March 23, 2017

BENTON CITY, Wash. (March 23, 2017) – Col Solare, the landmark joint venture between Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and the Antinori family on Washington State’s Red Mountain, today announced that Bob Betz MW has returned to the winery as Consulting Winemaker.

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Betz previously had a 28-year career with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, retiring as Vice President of Winemaking Research in 2003. During his tenure, he served as Managing Director of Col Solare from the inception of the partnership in 1995, working closely with the Antinori family and their CEO and Chief Enologist, Renzo Cotarella.

Betz founded his own winery, Betz Family Winery, in 1997, which has since become one of the most celebrated wineries in Washington State. He sold the winery in 2011, but continues as its consulting winemaker. Betz began his new role as Consulting Winemaker for Col Solare in early 2017.

Darel Allwine, who has just completed his 21st harvest in Washington State, remains the Winemaker for Col Solare and will work closely with Betz and Cotarella, along with renowned Washington State vineyard manager Dick Boushey, who manages Col Solare’s estate vineyard on Red Mountain.

“I have known Bob for many years and had the pleasure of working with him during his previous time with Ste. Michelle,” said Darel Allwine, Winemaker for Col Solare. “I am very happy to have him join our all-star team to help craft the best Cabernet Sauvignon possible.”

Col Solare will release its 20th vintage, 2014, later this spring. The 2014 vintage represents another milestone for Red Mountain’s flagship wine: previously a proprietary red blend, Col Solare will now be a varietally-labeled Cabernet Sauvignon.

“I am thrilled to again be part of the Col Solare, Ste. Michelle and Antinori family,” said Bob Betz MW, Consulting Winemaker for Col Solare. “I’ve been sourcing Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon since 1997 and am thrilled to be working with Darel and Renzo to create the highest possible expression of this very special place.”

About Col Solare

Col Solare, Italian for “shining hill,” is an equal partnership between Washington State’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle, and the legendary first family of Italian wine, Marchesi Antinori. Since the partnership’s inaugural vintage in 1995, the focus of Col Solare has evolved from producing a Cabernet Sauvignon-based red blend from the broader Columbia Valley appellation to a singular focus on producing Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, recognized as one of the world’s premier growing regions for Cabernet Sauvignon. Col Solare planted its 29-acre estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2006 and opened its state-of-the-art winery there in 2007, and released its first Red Mountain-designated wine with the 2011 vintage. With the 2014 vintage, Col Solare becomes a varietally-labeled Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, and the not yet released 2015 vintage will be 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% from Red Mountain. For more information on Col Solare, please visit:

About Marchesi Antinori

The Antinori family has been making wine for over 630 years, since Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri” or “Vintner’s Guild” in 1385. Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land. Today Albiera Antinori, the oldest daughter of Marchese Piero Antinori, serves as President of the company, assisted by her two sisters – Allegra and Alessia, who play critical roles in the business. The commitment to the qualities of tradition, passion and innovation have made Marchesi Antinori one of the leading Italian producers of fine wines. For more information on Marchesi Antinori, please visit

About Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates is the third-largest premium wine company in the U.S. The company, located outside of Seattle, Wash., has a distinguished history that dates back more than 80 years to 1934. Wines under the Ste. Michelle label were first introduced in 1967, and since that time the company has expanded its vineyard holdings to more than 3,900 acres in Washington, Oregon and California. Today its ‘String of Pearls’ wine portfolio represents owned or imported brands that demonstrate the producers’ unwavering commitment to creating distinctive, high-quality wines from authentic estate vineyards.

Ste. Michelle’s Washington portfolio includes Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, 14 Hands, Northstar, Col Solare (in partnership with Italy’s Antinori family), Spring Valley Vineyard, Michelle sparkling wines, Red Diamond and Snoqualmie. In California, the company owns Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars (also with Italy’s Antinori family), Conn Creek and Villa Mt. Eden (Napa Valley), and Patz & Hall (Sonoma). Ste. Michelle also owns Erath, in Dundee, Oregon. The company became the exclusive U.S. importer in 2006 for the acclaimed Marchesi Antinori wine portfolio of Italy and Chile’s Haras wines, for Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte of France in 2009, for New Zealand’s Villa Maria Estate in 2010, for Spain Chile’s Bodegas Torres in 2014. For more information on Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, please visit

Region: Northwest, USA
Job Function: Winemaking

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