Duff Bevill / Founder & Partner

Originally, Duff intended to specialize in fruit and nut production, but a summer job in Dry Creek Valley in 1973 transformed his career dreams. Working for a local vineyard management company, Duff became acquainted with many older farmers in Dry Creek Valley, who taught him old timers’ wisdom and self-reliance. “I was in my early twenties, and I would sit in Jim Guadagni’s cellar and drink his homemade wine out of shot glasses and jelly jars. It gave me a sense of history and an appreciation for what it means to be a grape grower in this valley.”

Duff came to Dry Creek Valley during the post-prohibition boom, when the wine and grape revival began in Sonoma County. Duff had the good fortune to become one of the leaders.

Widely recognized as one of Sonoma County’s most accomplished vineyardists, Duff has been farming wine grapes in the area for over 35 years. A strong proponent of sustainable farming, he supports implementation of the guidelines established by the California Association of Wine Grape Growers and the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission.

Duff and his wife Nancy own and lease a total of 80 acres of their own vineyards in the Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. The Bevill family lives in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, surrounded by vineyards.

Interests:

  • Gardening
  • John Deer tractors
  • Politics

Contact:

duff@bevillvineyard.com

Affiliations:

North Coast Grape Growers

Director

1998 - 2000

Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley

Board Member

1994 - 2004

 

Board President

2001 - 2003

Sonoma County Grape Growers

Board Member

2000 - 2006

 

Board President

2004 - 2005

 

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

Founding Member

 

Director

2006 - 2012

 

Chairman

2006 - 2008

Agricultural Water Users of Dry

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Grower Recognition

2000

 

Viticulture Award of Excellence, Sonoma County Grape Growers Association

2006

 

Sonoma County Economic Development Board,

Sonoma County Spirit Award

2006

 

Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly

2006

 

Special Congressional Recognition from U. S. Congressman, Mike Thompson

2006