The fourth generation in his family to make wine in Napa Valley, Bill Ballentine has winemaking in his blood. Growing up among the vines, tending grapes and making wine is the dominant theme of Bill’s life, a legacy handed down to him by his father, grandfather and great grandfather. Even more important is his love and dedication to the land and dirt. You can see Bill’s face light up when he speaks about sitting on a tractor at an early age and recognizing the smell of fresh tilled vineyards. To this day, when looking for Bill, he is usually out on the tractor at Red Lake. Outside of wine, Bill’s other interests include fishing, hiking, supporting youth sports, mentoring local young people to pursue careers in agriculture and preserving the agriculture climate in Napa Valley through Future Farmers of America programs. He studied business and finance along with enology and viticulture at Fresno State University and graduated in 1987.