1966:  Andy Beckstoffer, a native of Richmond Virginia, graduates with an MBA from Dartmouth College and joins Heublein Inc. to become Director of Corporate Acquisitions Strategies.  He advises Heublein to enter the super-premium wine segment of the California wine industry and is instrumental in its purchase of Beaulieu Vineyards and United Vintners, owners of Inglenook and Italian Swiss Colony wines.

The Hartford Times, August 1968

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1969: The Beckstoffer family moves to California.

The Beckstoffer Family (from left to right) Tuck, David, Andy, Stephen, Betty, Kristin and Dana Beckstoffer.

1973: Beckstoffer purchases Vinifera Development Corporation, assuming ownership of Melrose Vineyard and the lease of Carneros Creek Vineyards in the Napa Valley, and Ukiah Vineyard in Mendocino, as part of the sale.  Under his full ownership, he names the company Beckstoffer Vineyards.

Andy Beckstoffer, Chris Carriuolo, SVP Marketing and Sales and Stewart Watson, CEO of Heublein, Inc.

1974: Beckstoffer purchases Vinifera Vineyard in Mendocino.

Ukiah Daily Journal, June 25, 1974

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1975: The Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association is formed with Andy Beckstoffer as a Founding Director and its second President.  Beckstoffer forges an historic agreement on grape pricing, tying the price of grapes to retail bottle price.  Thus begins a new era, in which grape quality and land preservation are brought to the forefront of the grape grower industry.

The Sacramento Bee, August 2, 1997

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1976: Andy Beckstoffer leads the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in a controversial move to demand geographical and historical indicators be used to establish a wine’s appellation of origin.

Wines and Vines, December 1977

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1978: Beckstoffer purchases 44 vineyard acres in the Carneros appellation of the Napa Valley

(left to right) John Crossland, Louis Martini and Andy Beckstoffer

1980s: Andy Beckstoffer promotes vineyard-designated wines as the best expression of wines produced from a single vineyard source.  Resulting Vineyard Designate wines from Beckstoffer Vineyards receive the highest accolades and the move to wines that express the unique character of a particular vineyard site is born.

Wine Enthusiast, 1999

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1981: Beckstoffer purchases 249 acres of prime vineyard land in Mendocino County.

Mendocino County

1983: Beckstoffer purchases Las Piedras Vineyard, the first of the Beckstoffer Vineyards’ Heritage Vineyards in the Napa Valley.

Las Piedras Vineyard, Napa Valley

1988: Beckstoffer purchases the former Beaulieu Vineyard Number 3 in Rutherford, 221 acres of prime vineyard land in the Napa Valley, and the second of its’ Heritage Vineyards.  He renames it Vineyard Georges III.

Andy and Andre Tchelitscheff in Beaulieu Vineyard #3, 1988

1989: Beckstoffer leads the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in establishing the Winery Definition Ordinance, which requires that 75% of grapes used in wines must be from the Napa Valley, and allows food service and education at Napa Valley wineries.

The Napa Register, November 19, 1987

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1992-1997: Beckstoffer purchases five Napa Valley properties including four Heritage Vineyards: Beckstoffer Carneros Lake in Carneros, To Kalon in Oakville, Missouri Hopper in Yountville and Dr. Crane Vineyard in Saint Helena and Las Amigas Vineyard in the Napa Valley.

Left to right: Frank Villaneuva, Philip Marquand and Andy Beckstoffer at To Kalon (formerly Beaulieu Vineyard #4)

1994: Andy Beckstoffer is Founding Director and first President of the Rutherford Dust Society dedicated to encouraging and promoting the highest quality standards in grape growing and winemaking in the Rutherford Viticultural Area.

1997: Beckstoffer Vineyards is honored by the State of California as an Integrated Pest Management Innovator for its commitment to new viticulture technologies and pest management.

1997 Integrated Pest Management Innovator Award

1997:  David Beckstoffer joins Beckstoffer Vineyards with an MBA from The Wharton School and after a decade working for Bechtel, specializing in structuring financing for international construction projects.

David Beckstoffer joins Beckstoffer Vineyards

1998-1999: Beckstoffer purchases over 1,000 acres, including the S Bar S Ranch and surrounding hillsides at Mount Konocti in the Red Hills of Lake County.

The Red Hills of Lake County

1998-2000:  Beckstoffer purchases Mendocino 101 Vineyard.

Mendocino 101 Vineyard

2000: Andy Beckstoffer becomes Chairman and CEO and David Beckstoffer becomes President and COO of Beckstoffer Vineyards

Andy and David Beckstoffer

2000: the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce, names Andy and Betty Beckstoffer, married for 42 years, Citizens of the Year, for their dedication and active participation in the community.

Andy and Betty Beckstoffer named St. Helena Citizens of the Year

2001-2009: Beckstoffer purchases Talmage Pond and Hopland Vineyards in Mendocino, and Galleron Vineyard in St. Helena.

Talmage Pond Vineyard, Mendocino County

2010: Beckstoffer purchases the historic Bourn Vineyard near the town of St. Helena.

Napa Valley Register, December 3, 2010

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2010: Andy Beckstoffer is elected into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame, the first grower to be honored with this prestigious wine industry award.

Andy Beckstoffer is elected into the CIA Vintners Hall of Fame. (from left to right) David, Kristin, Betty and Andy Beckstoffer.