Superior soil, world-class grapes, and premium barrels are all essential in the creation of great wine. But in this day and age, it takes far more than a strong pedigree to make a profound statement in the world of viticulture. Enter Balius Wines – a new breed of Napa Valley winery that stresses passion and ingenuity as much as grapes, sun, and soil. Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Napa, the Balius story began in 2009 after Trevor Sheehan set out to craft wines that express a sense of place, a reflection of vintage, and a well-integrated use of oak aging.
Trevor and his wife
Trevor had a strong working knowledge of producers and vineyards from acclaimed regions around the globe well before he turned 30, had been working in the fine wine trade in Napa. With his knowledge, and by surveying the current landscape of Napa Valley wines, he set out to capture a taste and a feeling that wasn’t readily available in today’s market –remarkable quality wines sourced from top Napa soil that bring together their philosophies unique to the Balius brand.
In 2014 Ryan Christianson and Robert Llyod joined the Balius team. Ryan has over 18 years wine experience and has lived in and studied wine in some of the world’s most famous wine regions. Robert was born and raised in the Napa Valley region and has extensive knowledge of logistics relating to the industry. After living and working in China for a combined 15 years, Ryan and Robert wanted to share their hometown wine treasures with the people of China, which lead to the partnership with Balius. Today Ryan and Robert are the exclusive agents for Balius and are responsible for introducing all of the Balius brands to China.