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 beginning 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 wife Shelly moved to the Napa/Sonoma region to further expand and hone his wine knowledge. Basing themselves in the beautiful town of St. Helena, Jimmy worked as the Production Assistant at Heitz Wine Cellars and moved on to be the Cellarmaster at Sodaro Estate Winery and finally Failla Wines.
In November 2014, Jimmy's family presented him with an opportunity to return as the fulltime Winemaker at Bella Luna. He and Shelly also started their brand, ZANOLI Wines. Jimmy devotes himself to create the beautiful wines of Bella Luna and ZANOLI Wines.