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A brief history

Perfecting the old California classics, Robert Biale Vineyards has become a revered standard of heritage vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in Napa Valley. From the wineries’ inception, the Biale Founders have cherished the tradition of historic old vines (some dating back to the 1880s!) and prize the small quantity of concentrated and intense fruit that they produce. Diligent farming, expressive terroir, and superb elegance are the winery’s hallmarks. The winery’s portfolio consists of 20 wines that are crafted by Winemaker Tres Goetting and his team. Black Chicken Zinfandel is Biale's flagship wine and it has become a benchmark for this varietal.

It all started in the 1940s when 14-year-old Aldo Biale helped his mother to make ends meet by selling his family's homemade Zinfandel along with fresh eggs and produce over the old “party line” phone system. To order wine, the code word was “Black Chicken” which signified a jug of the bootleg wine and kept nosy neighbors and authorities from finding out about Aldo’s underground Zinfandel operation!
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Established in 1991

4038 Big Ranch Road
Napa Valley, California, United States


Meet The Winemakers

  • Tres Goetting

    Tres Goetting is a 30-year veteran Napa Valley enologist and viticulturalist who has already made his mark and fine reputation at a few Napa Valley wineries, but looks to Biale as his career moment in the spotlight. Tres works in harmony with Biale’s vineyard guru, Bob Biale, to co-manage and fully understand the intricacies of each of Biale’s vineyards–hands on. “Unleashing the full potential and ultimate expression of each unique vineyard is the winery’s goal, which is why winemaking at Biale is such an ideal situation for me.” he says. In music circles, Tres and his family are known to be a longtime, vital part of Napa’s music scene. He is a professional bassist who plays with local winemaker bands and occasionally with high profile artists.

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Robert Biale Vineyards Wines

Featured Wines

Robert Biale Vineyards Party Line Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Robert Biale VineyardsParty Line Zinfandel

Robert Biale Vineyards Petite Sirah Dessert Wine Bottle Preview
Robert Biale VineyardsPetite Sirah Dessert Wine

Robert Biale Vineyards Royal Punishers Petite Sirah Bottle Preview
Robert Biale VineyardsRoyal Punishers Petite Sirah

Robert Biale Vineyards Pagani Ranch Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Robert Biale VineyardsPagani Ranch Zinfandel

Dino Amantite and his mother Norma Pagani Amantite are the devoted caretakers of this iconic and hallowed ground in Sonoma at Dunbar Road and Highway 12 that has been in their family for over a century. Planted originally in the 1880s then added to in the 1920s by Felice Pagani, most of the original vines still produce beautiful fruit. Much of it is field-blended: Zinfandel, Alicante, Lenoir, Petite Sirah, Grand Noir and numerous others -like a big old vine salad of many heritage varieties if you will.

Robert Biale Vineyards Falleri Vineyard Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Robert Biale VineyardsFalleri Vineyard Zinfandel

This historic little vineyard of head-trained vines at the edge of town in Calistoga was planted by immigrant Argentina Falleri in 1924. The vineyard was maintained by Argentina’s daughter Olivia and today is cared for by Argentina’s granddaughter, Sonya Spencer. Biale has been producing wine from this vineyard since 1993, which all started when Bob drove by the vineyard and had the hawk eye for old, head trained vineyards. It just so turned out that these grapes were available and so the longstanding relationship began.

Robert Biale Vineyards Varozza Vineyard Zinfandel Bottle Preview
Robert Biale VineyardsVarozza Vineyard Zinfandel