Betz Family Winery

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In 2002, Steve and Bridgit Greissel came to the US from South Africa, a country with a centuries-old winemaking heritage. Their combined passion for wine led them to search the US west coast for a winery to call their own. They were exposed to the character and quality of Washington wine, and the rest is history.

As the new managing owners, Steve and Bridgit are thrilled to be part of the next chapter of Betz Family Winery. They are dedicated to ensuring that the winery is true to its heritage, culture, wine making principles and patient growth, teaming with Consulting WInemaker Bob Betz who continues as the patriarch and winemaker.

Steve’s love for wine started at a young age while touring South African vineyards. He eventually became a student of the world of wines and then an avid collector. His decades of experience with the diverse wine regions of the world further enhanced his appreciation of Washington wines and his fondness for the wines of Betz Family. He started his first business when he was 25 and has been the co-founder and CEO of many businesses, both private and public, in South Africa and the US. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, a Post Graduate degree in Marketing and a Master’s degree in Building Science. Over four years ending in September 2014, he completed the Certificate Program of Enology and additionally the Certificate Program of Viticulture at Washington State University.

Bridgit shares Steve’s passion for wine, as well as his business acumen. She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa where her fervor for wine started early with her father and Croatian grandfather making wine and brandy in their garage while she was growing up. She started her first business at 19. Her internet services business soon had offices in Palo Alto, New York, Sydney and London, and her business travels further enhanced her knowledge and appreciation of the world’s great wine regions.

Today, Bridgit also owns a high-end tour company for trips to Southern Africa, but spends the vast majority of her time engaged at Betz Family Winery. She’s a computer whiz and has greatly enhanced Betz Family Winery’s website and e-commerce platform to deliver a better experience to our valued customers.

Since their first vintage in 1997, Betz Family Winery has had a single minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and age worthy, and which showcase Washington as a distinguished wine region of the world. By carving out specific vineyard blocks and being meticulous in the vineyard and cellar, they are able to achieve the quality they aspire to.

Betz Cabernet has received between 95 and 97 points from Robert Parker for the last several. Both Consulting Winemaker, Bob Betz, and their primary winemaker have been named “Winemaker of the Year” by two publications in the past and is the only Master of Winemaking wine in the United States. The 2009 Père de Famille Cabernet was awarded “Washington’s Red Wine of the Year” by Seattle Magazine with three others winning their respective categories. 


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