Duff Bevill

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.

 

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.”

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 the 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.

Duff’s 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

Grower Host – Integrated Pest Management Program

Sonoma County Winegrape Commission

Founding Member 2006

Chairman 2006 – 2008

Director 2006 – 2012

Executive Committee 2009 – Current

Sonoma County Grape Grower Foundation

Board Member 2018 – Current

Agricultural Water Users of Dry Creek Valley

Founder and Board Member 1999 – 2011

California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG)

Board Member 2019

Awards and Recognition

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

Certificated of Recognition from California State Assembly 2006

Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman, Mike Thompson 2006

Sustainable Farmer Award, Harvest Fair 2019