Bob Levy

Owner, Levy & McClellan

Bob Levy

Our duty as farmers is to try to continually improve the conditions of the soil, the site and the environment in which they exist to a state that is better than when we found it.

The most rewarding aspect of my work is helping to create something that people everywhere can share and enjoy.

When was your first Napa Valley harvest?

In the mid-1970s.

How did you get started in the wine business?

At 17, I was introduced to wine by my brother in law, and it instantly instilled in me, the passion for wine that still exists today.

Name a Napa Valley vintner who has influenced you and briefly explain why.

Three people influenced me - not all Napa Valley vintners - André Tchelistcheff, Maynard Amerine and Michel Rolland. All showed incredible passion and dedication for interpreting what they felt was the right path to great wine production.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your work?

Helping to create something that people everywhere can share and enjoy.

What are the greatest challenges?

Overcoming the potential adversities of each vintage while still trying to be respectful of what that may bring to the wine yet is still a true reflection of that vintage.

What do you think makes Napa Valley unique compared to other wine regions?

Diversity of soils and sites and favorable climatic elements along with the dreams and aspirations of those involved – all combined.

What are you doing at your winery to help preserve and enhance Napa Valley for the future? (e.g., sustainable practices, family succession plan, community service, etc.)

Our duty as farmers is to try to continually improve the conditions of the soil, the site and the environment in which they exist to a state that is better than when we found it.

If you weren't a Napa Valley vintner, what would you be doing?

Early on, I was destined to go into medicine- but that notion went away when I was 19- today I cannot even imagine having gone down a different path.