Steve Beresini moved to Napa from Woodside, California in 1969. Frank Cadenasso, local winemaker, mentored Steve as he planted his first vineyard of 11 acres in Napa County in 1970 which Steve managed for a private owner; these grapes were sold to Stags Leap. From 1975 through 1977, Steve managed 50 acres for another private owner whose grapes were sold to Joseph Phelps Winery. Steve started at Phelps in 1977 as a cellar worker, and left in 1981 to become the Assistant Winemaker at Niebaum Coppola. From 1983 to 1991 Steve was the head winemaker at Niebaum Coppola under the tutelage of André Tchelistcheff. In 1991, Steve left Niebaum Coppola to become the Cellar Master at Grgich Hills, and from 2001 through 2005 he worked at Garvey Vineyard Management handling vineyard operations.
In 1988 Steve planted six acres of grapes on his own property in Carneros; four acres of Chardonnay and two acres of Pinot Noir. In 2010, Steve leased an adjoining Pinot Noir vineyard which he also manages.
Steve sold the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes to Macrostie Winery for 16 years. Following Macrostie, the Beresini Chardonnay grapes were sold to Staglin Family Vineyards and Tor Kenward Family Wines. As of the 2014 harvest, Tor Kenward Family Wines will be the exclusive buyer of the Beresini Chardonnay grapes.
A little over one acre of the Pinot Noir grapes are sold to Stomping Girl Winery; the balance of the Pinot Noir is used to produce the Beresini Pinot Noir.
Debra Beresini has been working with the family business for over 10 years. With her background in venture capital, banking and emerging companies, her skills are a good complement to Steve’s skills. In 2013, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Debra is responsible for finance, marketing, sales and the other operational responsibilities for Beresini Vineyards and Black Dog Ranch.
In 2011, the Beresini’s began producing Pinot Noir under the Beresini brand. The first bottling of 160 cases was released in April, 2013 and the 2011 is sold out. The 2012 vintage of 369 cases had a limited pre-release on April 12, 2014. The full release will occur on June 01, 2014.