Winemaker, Master of Wine
Billo received his Bachelor’s degree in applied Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT, Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford, and Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from University of California Davis, the top USA Enology and Winemakers University. Billo Naravane is a certified Master of Wine for the prestigious certification (WSET). Only 369 individuals in the world have achieved this level of Wine Certification. Billo loves to teach and is a adjunct professor at Washington State University. He provides consulting wine making and viticulture services for a number of winery’s. His most favorite activity of all is spoiling his darling baby granddaughter.
Research Paper: Anthocyanin Sequestration: Can Sulfur Dioxide be used proactively pre-fermentation to increase polymeric pigment formation in Oregon Pinot Noir and Washington Syrah
Alex was raised in Walla Walla from the age of 2. Growing up with 7 siblings, including a twin sister, he learned to work hard for the things he wanted. Alex graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1984 and went on to get his teaching degree from Whitworth College (University) in Spokane, Washington. He returned home to teach Elementary School Physical Education.
In the summer of 1996 Alex travelled to Alaska to work at a fishing resort for the summer. When he returned he worked a crush at Chinook Cellars in 1996 where he caught the wine bug. But, the beauty and majesty of Alaska drew him back to work full time at Waterfall Resort. Though Alaska was his second home he never truly left his roots in Walla Walla, as most of his family and siblings resided here. He dabbled in and out of the wine industry from 1997 to 2010, when he wasn’t working in Alaska.
In 2010 Alex returned home to Walla Walla and began the Viticulture and Enology program at Walla Walla Community College. While in the program, Alex honed his cellar and tasting room skills working at Dunham Cellars. In June of 2012 Alex graduated with his two year degree. Shortly after he took a hiatus for two years to go back to Alaska. Upon his return he joined the Sinclair Estate Vineyard team in May of 2014. He continues to gain knowledge and experience and enjoys the industry that has become his passion.