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Meet The Winemaker - Brooks Painter

Brooks Painter has been the Director of Winemaking at V. Sattui Winery since 2005 and is responsible for the winery’s portfolio of 60 different wines as well for viticultural and grape growing operations, supervising 230 acres of estate vineyards as well as contracts/grower relations with outside growers. He is responsible for growing or sourcing ultra-premium varietal wines from throughout California, and the winery’s steady stream of accolades substantiates his expertise.

Brooks has been called ‘the winemaker’s winemaker,’ because of his extensive expertise and prominence as a wine industry leader among his peers. He has been a winemaker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa, Leeward Winery in Ventura, CA and Felton-Empire Vineyards in Felton, CA. Brooks has served as President and Board Member for the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and has been a technical reviewer for enology research proposals submitted to the American Vineyard Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by the wine industry to provide grant money for research and development projects. His research on biochemistry and sensory evaluation of wine has been published in The American Journal of Viticulture and Enology, Biochemistry, Practical Winery & Vineyard and Wines & Vines. Brooks is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and a former chair of the Microbiology Committee for C.E.R.A. (California Enological Research Association).

Laura Orozco

Laura is the first generation in her family to graduate from college. As a winemaker, she feels is continuing a family tradition of working in Napa Valley vineyards; she has fond childhood memories of her father’s work in the County. She grew up in Yountville and graduated in 1998 from UC Santa Cruz with a Molecular Biology degree.  With degree in hand, she returned to Napa and began her career as a harvest lab assistant at Franciscan Winery, all while taking winemaking and viticulture classes at Napa Valley College, thereafter being promoted to Lab Supervisor.

After seven years at Franciscan she was offered the position of enologist at V. Sattui. Within a year, she became Assistant Winemaker. In 2014 Laura was promoted to Winemaker because of her hard work, dedication and leadership abilities in all aspects in winemaking. 

“I love working with the many different types of wines we make here,” she explains. “I love the dynamics and scope of what we do, from walking the vineyards, running the crushers and presses, pumping tanks over and seeing how the new wines develop,” she adds.  “I feel very fortunate to be able wake up every day and come to work to do what I love to do.”

Peter Velleno

Peter was born and raised in San Francisco where he and his two older brothers were the fifth generation of their family to be born in the City. He attended the University of California at Davis, where he took one class in the University’s renowned Food Science department, then quickly changed his major from Chemical Engineering to Fermentation Science. After intensive study in winemaking, brewing science, microbiology and food engineering, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science, the only student in the 2003 UC Davis graduation ceremony to receive such a degree.

After graduation, Velleno worked for William Hill Winery in their laboratory. He quickly worked his way up to the Assistant Winemaker position specializing in Chardonnay production. He then worked for the ultra-premium small winery Hartwell Vineyards, where he worked hands-on to help craft some of the most highly regarded Cabernets in the Valley. Like Laura Peter joined V. Satui and worked his way to Winemaker.

“Dario Sattui has a long history of recognizing and rewarding those employees who work with passion,” says Velleno. “Certainly becoming Winemaker was my aspiration for years, so my new role brings a sense of personal achievement.” 

Winemaker of the Year 2013!  San Francisco Int'l Wine Competition

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