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Our Journey

Living in possibility unleashes our potential.

We raise our glasses to all of you and say; alla famiglia – to our family!

Our Philosophy

There is no substitute for wine quality. It begins in the vineyards & ends in the cellar.

Since our first vintage in 1997 we’ve had a single minded goal of crafting compelling wines with individual character that are approachable and ageworthy, 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 we are able to achieve the quality we aspire to. As importantly over the years our winery culture has become a way of life in which everyone – our growers, winery team and customers are family. 

Today, Betz family Winery is headed by our two families, both committed to be true to our heritage, our family members, and true to what Betz winery embodies: wines of dimension and pleasure, wines that allow the character of Washington to shine through. They are a blend of the best elements of the new and the old worlds; full ripe fruit and yet structured for longevity. 

We believe our best wines are yet to come.

Our 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.

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.

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.

2005

Bob and Cathy build a state of the art winery in Woodinville, Washington.

2007

Bob is named as Sunset Magazine’s Winemaker 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.

2011

Bob and Cathy sell Betz Family Winery to Steve and Bridgit Griessel with Bob remaining as the winery’s patriarch, mentor and Winemaker.

2012

2009 Pere de Famille, Cabernet Sauvignon is named Washington red wine of the year by Seattle Magazine.

2014

2010 Pere de Famille is ranked #6 in the World in Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selections. 2012 Le Parrain, Cabernet Sauvignon rated 99 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

2015

Betz Family purchases the Old Stone Vineyard in the Rocks of Milton Freewater and 40 acres on SeVein in Walla Walla.

2016

Louis Skinner is promoted to Winemaker and Bob Betz becomes our Consulting Winemaker.

Meet the team

We welcome you to contact us at the winery 425-861-9823

Private Mailing List

Due to limited production our Mailing List is currently closed. We encourage you to join our Wait List. We offer wines to our members twice per year, Bordeaux-styled wines in the Spring and our Rhone portfolio in the Fall. After our mailing list has had the opportunity to purchase wines, we offer any remaining wines to our waiting list.