Jimmy Zanoli - Winemaker
Jimmy was born and raised in the city of San Luis Obispo, CA. His love for winemaking and viticulture started in 1998 when his father, Sherman Smoot and partner Kevin Healey, planted a dry-farmed, head trained vineyard in the Templeton Gap District of the Paso Robles AVA.
After starting his career by working as the Assistant Winemaker for Bella Luna, Jimmy began to work for Eberle Winery starting as an intern and worked his way up to Assistant Winemaker for four years, solidifying his winemaking experience.
After five years in Paso Robles, Jimmy and his wife Shelly moved to Napa, CA to expand their wine industry experience. Basing themselves in the beautiful town of Saint Helena, Jimmy worked as the Production Assistant at Heitz Wine Cellars and moved on to be the Cellermaster at Sodaro Estate Winery and Failla Wines.
In November 2014, their family presented them with an opportunity to have Jimmy as their fulltime Winemaker at Bella Luna and start their own label, ZANOLI. Jimmy now uses his wine industry experience to create beautiful wines for Bella Luna and is looking forward to putting his wine industry experience to use in developing the Bella Luna portfolio.