Born and raised in Napa, Robert (Bob) Biale is the son and grandson of Napa Valley grape growers.
Working the farm was an integral part of growing up, but after high school he left the ranch to explore
other horizons. While studying engineering at San Diego State Bob served in the Navy Reserves as a
Search & Rescue Air Crewman. Before graduating he served as a lay missionary for the Catholic Church
in Papua New Guinea for three years. Upon returning he finished his bachelor’s degree in Religious
Studies/Social Justice at Dominican College of San Rafael and married his wife Wendy, a fellow
Dominican Penguin. However, it wasn’t long before the family vineyards beckoned him to return. In
addition, a temporary harvest job at Beringer in 1989 turned into a 10-year post in the cellar. In 1991,
Bob and his partners Dave Pramuk, Al Perry and father Aldo Biale launched Robert Biale Vineyards,
where he continues as president and manager of vineyard operations and grower relations.