Cellar Profile

Winemaking defines the essence of my life; transforming a challenge into a vision of elegance, grace and power.

— Bill Arbios

After a notable winemaking career with many prominent wineries, Bill Arbios fulfilled a longstanding dream of having his own label with the debut of Arbios Cellars in 1993. Arbios Cellars focuses on a single Bordeaux-style red wine, made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County.

Placing the emphasis on the terroir, Bill believes in honoring the character of the fruit without over-manipulating the wine. The resulting wines are ripe and intense with rich plum and cherry flavors and intriguing notes of olive and earth – a style that has been described as a cross between the new and old world.

Arbios Cellars’ production has grown from a mere 125 cases of the 1993 vintage to approximately 2500 cases today. The wine is available in major U.S. markets with distribution in numerous high-end restaurants and retail shops. In 2000, Bill launched a second label, Praxis, from the Greek word for practice. These wines allow Bill to experiment and practice his craft with new varietals and different terroirs. Although Bill made his reputation making Meritage blended wines, all of the Arbios and Praxis wines emphasize terroir as they are each made from a single, sustainably-farmed vineyard.