Winemaker, Anthony Beckman, has been with Balletto Vineyards since January 2007 when he was hired as the company’s assistant winemaker. In his first career, he worked as a daily newspaperman in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, and later moved into website development and marketing in San Francisco. At age 29, he vowed to not spend his 30th birthday working in a standard office cubicle doing a job so far removed from food and wine. So, he quit his technology job, enrolled in chemistry courses and ended up turning 30 while knee deep in Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. After working the wine harvest in New Zealand, he came back to California and worked for three years as the wine buyer for Taylor’s Market, a gourmet grocery and wine store in Sacramento, California while putting himself through UC Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program. He spent each morning in classes learning the theoretical chemistry and microbiology behind winemaking and each afternoon sampling dozens of wines from around the world. It was the perfect combination of intellectual learning and hedonistic training. Anthony graduated from UCD with high honors and department-wide recognition. He then worked at some of the premiere vineyards and wineries in Carneros and the Sonoma Coast before joining the Balletto team.
Anthony’s passion for wine and particularly, Pinot Noir, shows through in each wine he crafts here at Balletto. Working hard with owner John Balletto, who farms the vineyards, to bring in the best grapes possible and constantly raising the bar year after year.