1966: Andy Beckstoffer, a native of Richmond Virginia, graduates with an MBA from Dartmouth College and joins Heublein Inc. to become Director of Corporate Acquisitions Strategies. He advises Heublein to enter the super-premium wine segment of the California wine industry and is instrumental in its purchase of Beaulieu Vineyards and United Vintners, owners of Inglenook and Italian Swiss Colony wines.
1969: The Beckstoffer family moves to California.
1973: Beckstoffer purchases Vinifera Development Corporation, assuming ownership of Melrose Vineyard and the lease of Carneros Creek Vineyards in the Napa Valley, and Ukiah Vineyard in Mendocino, as part of the sale. Under his full ownership, he names the company Beckstoffer Vineyards.
1974: Beckstoffer purchases Vinifera Vineyard in Mendocino.
1975: The Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association is formed with Andy Beckstoffer as a Founding Director and its second President. Beckstoffer forges an historic agreement on grape pricing, tying the price of grapes to retail bottle price. Thus begins a new era, in which grape quality and land preservation are brought to the forefront of the grape grower industry.
1976: Andy Beckstoffer leads the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in a controversial move to demand geographical and historical indicators be used to establish a wine’s appellation of origin.
1978: Beckstoffer purchases 44 vineyard acres in the Carneros appellation of the Napa Valley
1980s: Andy Beckstoffer promotes vineyard-designated wines as the best expression of wines produced from a single vineyard source. Resulting Vineyard Designate wines from Beckstoffer Vineyards receive the highest accolades and the move to wines that express the unique character of a particular vineyard site is born.
1981: Beckstoffer purchases 249 acres of prime vineyard land in Mendocino County.
1983: Beckstoffer purchases Las Piedras Vineyard, the first of the Beckstoffer Vineyards’ Heritage Vineyards in the Napa Valley.
1988: Beckstoffer purchases the former Beaulieu Vineyard Number 3 in Rutherford, 221 acres of prime vineyard land in the Napa Valley, and the second of its’ Heritage Vineyards. He renames it Vineyard Georges III.
1989: Beckstoffer leads the Napa Valley Grapegrowers in establishing the Winery Definition Ordinance, which requires that 75% of grapes used in wines must be from the Napa Valley, and allows food service and education at Napa Valley wineries.
1992-1997: Beckstoffer purchases five Napa Valley properties including four Heritage Vineyards: Beckstoffer Carneros Lake in Carneros, To Kalon in Oakville, Missouri Hopper in Yountville and Dr. Crane Vineyard in Saint Helena and Las Amigas Vineyard in the Napa Valley.
1994: Andy Beckstoffer is Founding Director and first President of the Rutherford Dust Society dedicated to encouraging and promoting the highest quality standards in grape growing and winemaking in the Rutherford Viticultural Area.
1997: Beckstoffer Vineyards is honored by the State of California as an Integrated Pest Management Innovator for its commitment to new viticulture technologies and pest management.
1997: David Beckstoffer joins Beckstoffer Vineyards with an MBA from The Wharton School and after a decade working for Bechtel, specializing in structuring financing for international construction projects.
1998-1999: Beckstoffer purchases over 1,000 acres, including the S Bar S Ranch and surrounding hillsides at Mount Konocti in the Red Hills of Lake County.
1998-2000: Beckstoffer purchases Mendocino 101 Vineyard.
2000: Andy Beckstoffer becomes Chairman and CEO and David Beckstoffer becomes President and COO of Beckstoffer Vineyards
2000: the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce, names Andy and Betty Beckstoffer, married for 42 years, Citizens of the Year, for their dedication and active participation in the community.
2001-2009: Beckstoffer purchases Talmage Pond and Hopland Vineyards in Mendocino, and Galleron Vineyard in St. Helena.
2010: Beckstoffer purchases the historic Bourn Vineyard near the town of St. Helena.
2010: Andy Beckstoffer is elected into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame, the first grower to be honored with this prestigious wine industry award.