A good life in the Shenandoah Valley of California
Michael & Charlie Havill
Winemaker | Owners | Grower
What do engineered products, life insurance and winemaking have in common? The answer is, more than you may think! For Bella Grace Vineyards' proprietors, husband and wife team Charlie & Michael Havill, the three industries share two people who have discovered a single passion - winemaking!
Not content with simply enjoying fine wine; Charlie and Michael found themselves drawn ever closer to the wine industry in the early 2000's, by way of wine-industry acquaintances, until the purchase of a vineyard became their goal.
Once their vision began taking shape, Charlie & Michael searched the Amador County region and finally settled on a fifty acre parcel, of which twenty were planted with vines. Early on, they worked the vineyard and sold their estate-grown varieties to regional commercial wineries and home winemakers. Before long, they realized in order to capitalize on the quality output from the vineyard, wine production at Bella Grace was the next logical step.
Establishing Bella Grace Vineyards
Doing things right the first time is the driving force behind Bella Grace wine growing. From preparing the soil with organic compost, planting nutritional cover crops, and pruning for low yields, to thinning the crops during summer, sorting the grapes during harvest and ensuring customer satisfaction, it was important that high quality grapes came out of the vineyard. Quality wine grapes would establish the difference in Bella Grace wines.
While still committed to growing and providing grapes to award winning wineries, Bella Grace now has a fully-operation winemaking facility. A custom designed and engineered wine cave, built in 2011, houses the handcrafted current vintage - all aged in oak barrels. The wine cave serves as a focal point of the property with its 12-feet high wide barrel storage design.
From our vineyard to your table, we hope you enjoy the end result of our wines as much as we enjoy the process.
-Charlie and Michael Havill
Vineyard & Winery Dogs
Lucy (left) & Jack (Right)
Lucy & Jack are best buddies and are the BGV Mascots, along with being the welcoming committee!
You will find jack helping in the winery, the vineyard, the tasting room, and the wine cave!