History

1974
Bob and Cathy Betz complete their year of “training” in vineyards of France, Italy and Germany

1975
Bob starts his 28 year career at Chateau St. Michelle the preeminent wine company in Washington

1984
Bob is appointed Vice President Winemaking Research at Chateau St. Michelle

1998
Bob receives his Master of Wine  degree, one of only 278 MW's in the world. The exam has a 12% pass rate. Bob receives the Robert Mondavi Award for the highest scores in all theory exams and the Villa Maria Award for the highest scores in the viticultural exam.

1997
Bob and Cathy crush their first vintage of Betz Family wines with 150 cases. The wines are made in the warehouse district of Woodinville, with help from their volunteer friends

2005
Bob and Cathy build a state of the art winery in Woodinville

2007
Bob is named as Sunset Magazine’s Wine Maker of the Year

2008
The  Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is named Washington’s Number One Wine of the Year  by the Seattle Times wine critic, Paul Gregutt
Cathy Betz, Bob Betz, Steve Griessel and Bridgit Griessel
As a team we look to the future but remain grounded by our history

2011
Bob and Cathy sell Betz Family Winery to Steve and Bridgit Griessel with Bob remaining as the winery’s  “patriarch” and winemaker for the next 5 years

2014
2010 Pere de Famille is ranked #6 in the World in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections


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