John Arns is a native of Berkeley, Ca. and a graduate of the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Art and Sculpture. Shortly thereafter he worked in South Australia with famed Peter Lehmann of the Barossa Valley who encouraged John to pursue his interest in winemaking and grape growing. John finished his degree at the University of California Davis in Viticulture and Enology. As a professional vineyard consultant, he has combined his love of art with agriculture to sculpt vineyards into masterpieces accentuating quality in the vines. In the 1990′s he extended this passion through his own grapes creating Arns Winery. He teamed up with his partner, Sandi Belcher as his winemaker, to create Arns Winery. Their first release of their 100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon debuted in the Spring of 1992. The rest is history.
Sandi Belcher is a native of Williamsburg, VA. After college at the College of William and Mary she came to the University of California Davis to study Animal Science/Agriculture. A brief visit to the Napa Valley in the early 1970′s, she was enthralled with the wine industry. She worked harvest while at Davis, to gain some knowledge about wine and grape growing. She worked out of the country for a brief period of time to learn about what was going on in other grape growing regions. Returning home to the Napa Valley, she spent 27 years with a small white wine facility, Long Vineyards, learning about white grapes. She teamed up with partner, John Arns, in the early 1980′s to fulfill their desire to make Arns Winery what it is today. She has also been involved in vineyards and winery development in China, Thailand and other grape growing regions.
Kathi Belcher / Tyler
Kathi Belcher/Tyler grew up in the St. Helena, Ca. graduating from St. Helena High School and later receiving an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Microsoft. Her knowledge of winemaking and grape growing was stimulated from living amongst the vines not only in the Napa Valley but also in Germany at a very young age. She has gained valuable experience working in larger wineries while attending college. She brings to Arns Winery lots of hands on experience in wine making and makes a great Assistant Winemaker.