Helen Ruth Heibel was born in San Francisco just after the start of World War II and is a third generation Californian. She moved with her parents to Pope Valley in 1945 when her parents bought Aetna Springs Resort. Life was good at the resort with lots of people during the summer and just the family and a couple of employees during the winter. Helen always loved horses and started riding at the age of 3, her horse was her best friend. She attended Pope Valley School with two others in her grade, when it was just a two-room school house, and started 1st grade when she was 5 since there was no kindergarten. She attended St. Helena Jr. & Sr. High School from the 7th – 12th grades with 80 other classmates, and the bus ride around Conn Dam took one hour.
Dog Lover, Colorado Fan, Good Guy...Trent Robert Ghiringhelli was born in September of 1973, the year that Aetna Springs was sold by his maternal grandfather, George Bennet Heibel. He is the youngest son of John & Helen Ghiringhelli, and spent the first eighteen years of his life in their family home in St. Helena. Growing up, Trent was always active, excelling in athletics and academics too, but only when it was absolutely neccesary. Many of his fondest memories and experiences occured at the ranch; fishing, hunting, working, cutting firewood, picnicing, and too many adventures that must only be shared in person!
CHACHI, our favorite dog and also Trent's shadow!
Bruce Nelson was born in Oakland, CA and was raised in Berkeley and El Cerrito, CA. He is a third generation Californian. He attended El Cerrito schools and is a graduate of Golden Gate University in San Francisco and the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, VA. He is a retired police captain having spent 30 years with the El Cerrito Police Department. After retirement, he spent 2 years as the director a child advocacy center in Contra Costa County and also consulted in local government relations.
Marion Blanchet Ghiringhelli is a great addition to our family and business. Born in Bayonne, France and raised in Bordeaux, she brings over 15 years of diverse wine industry sales experience to Heibel Ranch Vineyards. In addition to working full time for Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage, Marion is our Director of Sales & Marketing and is busy raising our little ones, Alix and Hamilton.