Yountville is in the center of the Napa valley, the area George C. Yount first settled after receiving the entire valley as a grant from Mariano Vallejo, who owned thousands of acres under the Mexican government. Yount built a blockhouse and mill three miles north of here. He also planted the valley's first grapes in 1838. Thirty-two years later, Groezinger's enormous brick winery (now Vintage 1870, a honeycomb of small specialty shops), stood beside the train station in the center of town. Further up the valley, construction of the Christian Brothers and Charles Krug wineries indicates that the region was already recognized nationally as a prime location for growing spectacular grapes, producing glorious wines.
Situated off the beaten path, just south of Yountville, is an exquisite pale stone winery, shrouded by oak, bordered to the south by Hopper Slough, surrounded by vineyard and cloaked in quiet. After looking for twenty years, winemaker Anthony Bell found the perfect place to produce the wines he had long dreamed of - limited production, hand crafted wines that showcase the concept of "terroir". In 1998, Bell Wine Cellars opened its doors to the public to share the beauty of the place, and the wine.
In June 2002 - Ron Berberian, former California wine wholesaler, and Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers, formed Spanos Berberian Winery, LLC. The venture acquired interest in the brand name and assets of Bell Wine Cellars, and a new partnership was formed with Anthony.
Nestled between the stacks of aromatic barrels and towering stainless steel tanks, guests can taste the signature Bell Cabernet, at the intimate, elegant tasting room. We also serve Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah, encompassing a wide range of flavors, from vineyards both near and far afield.
Our Tasting Room
Our tasting room is open daily from 10:00am to 4:00pm by appointment. Special arrangements may also be made to accommodate special requests.
Our patio looks west, out across the vineyard to the Mayacamas range across the valley. One can watch the hills as they subtly change their shades of blue while the sun arcs overhead, culminating in an intense violet blue as the sun slips behind Mount St. John, flooding everything in golden light. It is a relaxing place to enjoy a leisurely picnic, with the Wine Train tooting off in the distance.
Come experience the quiet heart of the Napa Valley at Bell Wine Cellars to taste our extraordinary wines and enjoy the beauty.