In 2002, Steve and Bridgit Griessel 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 managing owners since 2011, 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, winemaking principles, and patient growth.
Bridgit 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. Steve shares Bridgit's passion for wine as well as her business acumen.
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 as well as the Certificate Program of Viticulture at Washington State University.