Betsy and Peter Spann started their love affair with grapes and wine early in life. Betsy’s love of wine began as a young lady with a move to Bordeaux in 1975. She experienced and got an education and insight into the fine wines and cheeses of southwestern France. Returning to California, Betsy attended college and later opened a store in El Dorado County featuring local wines. She sold the store to become an independent wine broker representing small high quality producers.
Moving to Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, she was involved with Lake Sonoma Winery, working in the vineyards and in wine production. After meeting husband Peter in Dallas, they fell in love, bought a vineyard and began their own wine production using fruit sourced from small-lot vineyards in the Mayacamus Mountains. Richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese wines were the end result. Betsy also crafts wines from select cool-climate vineyards throughout Sonoma County, producing limited quantities of blended wines, influenced by the winemaking styles of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany.
Join Peter & Betsy Spann in Bordeaux (where it all began for Betsy). This is a special vacation dedicated to fine food and wine, cruising the remarkable Garonne Estuary and rivers of Bordeaux. Bordeaux is arguably the world’s epicenter of fine wine production.
Please note: This tour and cruise program is created solely for Spann Vineyards by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways.