Bellus’ mission is to craft wines and wine experiences, and to share stories, that empower people to learn about and enjoy great wines as opposed to feeling intimidated by them.
Bellus means “beauty” in Latin, the root language for the world’s classic wine growing regions. In each of our wines, we strive for beauty and balance. Our wines are made using traditional production methods and are rooted in a belief that all great wines should reflect the place from which they come.
Bellus Wines is honored to donate a percentage of proceeds (ten dollars per case of Bellus “Girasole”) to The Tory Burch Foundation. The Tory Burch Foundation empowers women entrepreneurs and their families domestically, through microfinance and mentorship. It has been instrumental in our evolution.
New York Sommelier Jordan Salcito, currently head of Beverage Operations at Momofuku, became inspired to create Bellus while working as a sommelier at Eleven Madison Park. Noticing guests’ simultaneous interest in and confusion about wine, she perceived a void in the marketplace for a series of quality wines that told important stories, represented an excellent value, and reflected a distinct sense of place and enabled people to learn about and afford quality wines as opposed to feeling intimidated by them.
Our wines are rooted in terroir, craftsmanship, empowerment and enjoyment. Bellus was inspired by Salcito’s own journey in the wine world. As member of the elite rank of Master Sommelier Candidates within the Court of Master Sommeliers, Salcito has spent nearly a decade in the Manhattan’s most established restaurants including at Momofuku, Eleven Madison Park, Restaurant Daniel, Veritas, Crown, wd-50 and Nick & Toni’s. Salcito also has extensive winemaking experience. Since 2006 she has worked harvests at Domaines Dujac, De Montille, Roulot, du Comte Liger-Belair, de L’Arlot, and Comtes Lafon. She has also made wine at Casanuova delle Cerbaie estate in Montalcino since 2008.
Jordan’s Tumblr, “Cool Things You See in Wineries,” is a collection of images she snaps on her travels around the world.