Bevan Cellars was founded by Russell Bevan and Victoria De Crescenzo. Relocating for work from Minneapolis to the San Francisco Bay area allowed them to purchase a small vineyard in Bennett Valley, and a fateful encounter with Kal Showket, of Showket Vineyard, provided him with his first tons of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A true “garage” wine was crafted and after presenting the wine to Kal, Russell was hired on as Showket’s winemaker. In 2005, Bevan Cellars was born with the release of a Cabernet from Showket Vineyard and Haystack Vineyard in the Bennett Valley AVA in Sonoma.
2007 brought the first critical acclaim from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (always a good sign!), and a few years of hard work and crafty financial wrangling financed the project further. Then in 2011 Russell’s reputation as a gifted talent was galvanized when he produced the only 100 Parker point wine of the vintage, a Cabernet from Tin Box Vineyard, owned by Screaming Eagle founder Jean Phillips.
In 2015 they purchased the 41-acre Saunders Vineyard in eastern Oakville, between Peter Michael’s Au Paradis Vineyard and Oakville Ranch. This is prime Cabernet terroir, home to some of the best wines in Napa Valley.