History

V. Sattui Winery stands today as the result of hard work, dedication, and the extraordinary vision of two men who happen to be related.  Vittorio Sattui started the business in 1885 after emigrating from Genoa, Italy.  The law-abiding Vittorio was forced to shut down when Prohibition went into effect, and the winery would lay dormant until 1976, when Vittorio’s great-grandson, Dario, would realize his dream of resurrecting the family business in the town of St. Helena in Napa Valley.

Timeline

1882

1882

Vittorio Sattui and his wife immigrate to America from Carsi, Italy, a hilltown near Genoa, and settle in San Francisco’s North Beach District.

1885

1885

Vittorio & Katerina begin making wine full-time and name their winery St. Helena Wine Cellars, after the town from which he purchased his grapes.

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1899

Vittorio purchases the Rottanzi Winery in San Francisco’s Mission district and renames it V. Sattui Wine Company.  Sons Mario and Romeo join the business.

1900-1912

1900

Through 1912, the Sattui family experiences great success and wealth.

1915

1915

Winery building is renovated.

1920

1920

The 18th Amendment, national Prohibition, becomes law on January 16th. The winery closes its doors.

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1933

The 21st Amendment is ratified, repealing Prohibition.  Many wineries resume production, but Vittorio settles into retirement.

1941

1941

Great-grandson Dario Sattui is born in San Francisco.

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1950

Vittorio Sattui dies at the age of 94.

1972

1972

Dario Sattui returns from Europe determined to re-start the family’s wine business.  He apprentices for 3 years at various Napa wineries to gain background.

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1975

Dario Sattui starts making Napa Valley wine.

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1976

V. Sattui Winery doors open March 4th.

1984

1984

Stone winery is built.

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1985

V. Sattui purchases 34 acres adjacent to winery and names it Suzanne’s Vineyard (later renamed Vittorio’s Vineyard).

1993

1993

Tom Davies named Winery President.

1994

1994

V. Sattui purchases historic 556-acre Henry Ranch in Carneros, begins planting 120+ acres of vines.

1995

1995

V. Sattui Preston Vineyard Cabernet is named “Best Cabernet in California” at California State Fair.

1999

1999

V. Sattui Rutherford Cabernet is named “Best Wine in California (California State Fair) and “Best Wine of the Americas”.

2004

2004

V. Sattui named “Winery of the Year” at California State Fair.

2005

2005

V. Sattui named “Best Winery in the Western U.S.” at Critics Challenge Wine Competition.  Brooks Painter joins V. Sattui as Director of Winemaking.

2007

2007

V. Sattui named “Winery of the Year” at California State Fair for the third time in four years.  Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui’s 2nd winery, opens its doors in Calistoga.

2010

2010

V. Sattui celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding.

2014

2014

Brooks Painter named Winemaker of the Year by the American Fine Wine Competition.

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2015

V. Sattui celebrates 130th Anniversary of its founding, receives 3 major accolades in one year: “Winemaker of the Year”- Brooks Painter (American Fine Wine Competition), “Winery of the Year” (Critics Challenge Wine Competition), and two “Wines of the Year”: 2012 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (Monterey Wine Competition) & 2011 Paradiso (Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition).