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Alex Beloz, Winemaker

For Alex Beloz, a college apprenticeship in Siena, Italy was the beginning of a love affair with wine culture that persists to the current day. After just one year as a civil engineer, Alex ditched his career and drove west in his Plymouth Neon from Chicago to Sonoma to accept a harvest gig with MacRostie Winery, in 1998. Under the guidance of Steve MacRostie, he learned winemaking, while also diving deep into technique and gaining exposure to different varietals during a two-year stint working abroad on harvests in Bordeaux, France, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, and Casablanca, Chile. In 2006, Alex accepted an opportunity to make wine alongside Michael Terrien at what is today Obsidian Wine Co. For more than a decade he has played an essential role in the company’s success, consistently making wines of quality and distinction for both Obsidian Ridge and Poseidon Vineyards.

What do you love most about your work?

Working on our blends. After a year in barrel, our wines start to reveal their true character. As they continue to age I begin to have clarity on the final blend that will go into the bottle. There’s so much to do in a winemaker role that it’s easy to get distracted from the art of it. Blending is where it’s at for me.

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