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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
United States, California


Meet The Team

  • 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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