Betsy Spann

Betsy Spann

Spann Vineyards (Winemaker/Winegrower)

Betsy Spann's love of wine was fostered by a move to Bordeaux with her family in 1975, where she explored the wines and cheeses of southeastern France.

After she returned to California to attend college, she went to work in a small wine shop where her interest in wine grew. She opened a store in El Dorado County, where she featured local wines. Ultimately, she sold the store to become an independent wine broker representing small, high-quality producers.

Then she moved to Dry Creek Valley, where she helped with the startup of Lake Sonoma Winery, working both in the vineyards and in wine production. An interest in aviation then took her to New Mexico, but the wine business was in her blood. She planted a small vineyard for home winemaking and worked for a wine distributor in southern New Mexico before being recruited for the fine wine team of a large importing company. That job involved a move to Dallas, Texas, where she met Peter, her future husband, who charmed her with a keen sense of wine and an amazing wine cellar.

Following their marriage, she and Peter moved back to California. There they purchased a vineyard, with the intention of selling their grapes. However, when it came time to selling them, they decided to take the plunge and make their own wines instead. Spann produces a number of white and red wine varietals, including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.