Trester Goetting named Monte Bello Winemaker for Ridge Vineyards

Blog Post

February 2022

We are pleased to announce that Trester Goetting has been named Monte Bello Winemaker. In collaboration with Head Winemaker & COO John Olney, Goetting will take over all winemaking duties at Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello winery and carry forward Ridge’s 60-year commitment to producing site-specific wines using traditional methods.

“Trester brings a wealth of experience to Ridge. His background in crafting mountain Cabernet as well as single-vineyard Zinfandel is a perfect match for Ridge. I’m very excited to have Trester join our winemaking team and look forward to working with him.” – John Olney

25 Years of Experience

Goetting has a quarter century of California winemaking experience. Most recently he was Winemaker at Robert Biale Vineyards where he focused on Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Bordeaux and Rhône varietals from heritage vineyards. Before his work at Robert Biale, Goetting was Winemaker at Napa’s Krupp Brother’s Stagecoach Vineyard and worked in winemaking at Ladera Vineyards and St. Clement Vineyards. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science from Humboldt State University in 1997.

A Word From our New Winemaker

“I am so thrilled to join the Ridge team as the new winemaker at Monte Bello. This is a dream come true for me! I love the history, the story, the vineyard, the people, and of course the amazing wines of Monte Bello. I have spent most of my career making high quality wines from mountain vineyard sites so this seems like a perfect fit for me. I am excited to be able to learn under Paul Draper and John Olney so that I can carry on the traditional methods and outstanding quality of the Monte Bello wines.” – Trester Goetting