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Magical Wine Tourism Experiences at V. Sattui, During the Most Magical Time of the Year

Come for the award-winning experiences, stay for the holiday fun!

V. Sattui Winery has become a true Napa Valley tradition. Recently awarded “Best of Innovative Wine Tourism” for 2023 by Great Wine Capitals, V. Sattui was selected as the regional winner for Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences, along with 10 top wineries around the world—proving the prestige it has come to establish since its original founding over 40 years ago.

“I am so proud of our winery team being selected as the best of wine tourism experiences for all of the Napa Valley, along with being included with the best of the major wine regions from around the world!” exclaims, President Tom Davies. 

When Dario Sattui reimagined his great grandfather’s namesake winery, he envisioned a destination where friends and family could come together and experience the joy of wine, food, and camaraderie – a place where memories could be made, lifelong friendships forged, and where people from all walks of life would feel welcome from the wine novice to the oenophile. 

V. Sattui Winery’s iconic tower is now a beacon of warm Italian hospitality beckoning newcomers to their first unforgettable taste of wine country, while generations of families and friends return each year to enjoy award-winning wines, house-made artisan foods as diverse as the wine portfolio, incredible eventsincluding the first and longest running Harvest Ball in the Napa Valley – and life’s special milestones from birthdays to weddings

As one of the most visited wineries in the U.S., V. Sattui welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors from across the country and around the world each year with a culture that embraces and celebrates our differences. This deep commitment to inclusion and accessibility has inspired a wine portfolio more expansive and diverse than any other single brand. Offering these wines direct-to-consumer only has allowed V. Sattui Winery to build meaningful, lasting relationships with their customers including one of Napa Valley’s longest-running Wine-of-the-Month Clubs and a Cellar Club membership of over 20K. 

Another distinctive element that sets the winery apart from its contemporaries is the culinary program.  From the beginning, Dario’s vision was to share the Italian tradition of alfresco dining, and, as no other winery in Napa Valley had done before, he opened an Italian Deli and Marketplace, giving guests the opportunity to take part in one of life’s purest pleasures – enjoying leisurely wine country picnics with their favorite wines and delicious house-made delicacies, charcuterie, and over 200 cheeses, all conveniently available. 

Over the last 46 years, this program has expanded far beyond a Marketplace. V. Sattui is the only winery with its very own Italian Michelin Star Chef – Stefano Masanti. Stefano spends six months of the year in St. Helena as V. Sattui’s special events chef preparing spectacular multi-course meals for weddings and events. A master of charcuterie, Stefano oversees the winery’s Salumeria (his bresaola was just awarded Best Bresaola in all of Italy for 2023). In addition, his tempting house-made gelato and sorbetto are staples featured in the V. Sattui Marketplace. V. Sattui also employs the culinary talents of executive chef Fatima Hafiz who brings her vision to the weekend BBQ and seasonal specialties in the deli while the in-house chocolatier, Katryana Zide creates melt-in-your-mouth confections and artisanal truffles.

V. Sattui’s innovative experiences don’t end there. The winery was the first to sell “en primeur” wine Futures in the Napa Valley. Each year, approximately 10% of select vineyard-designated wines are allocated to this program, initially released in January at the highly anticipated Barrel Tasting Party. Guests can sample as many as 30 wines, thieved directly from the barrel, and purchase these wines at special pre-release pricing. This is such an important tradition for members and friends, even a pandemic couldn’t stop the demand. In 2021 V. Sattui held its first-ever virtual Futures Barrel Tasting Party. Attendees received sample bottles and tasting kits to be enjoyed at home alongside an entertaining live Zoom broadcast. This Virtual Barrel Tasting Party was so well attended, it continues to be offered in 2022. Visitors to the Members’ Cellar Club will find the current vintage wines in barrels to sample as they age and develop – adding an exciting layer to educational current release tastings. 

V. Sattui Winery’s beautiful grounds are a natural destination for celebratory events, especially wine country weddings. Their events team facilitates spectacular, beautifully curated affairs that draw thousands of visitors to the Valley annually, who enjoy breathtaking celebrations of life’s most important moments, bringing further business to hotels, restaurants, and other wineries. 

Once built on word of mouth alone, V. Sattui Winery’s widely visited website and robust social media presence (58K followers on Facebook, 30K followers on Instagram) are key components in building their brand and in turn, promoting visitation to Napa Valley.  

Passionate about the health of tourism in Napa Valley, Winery President and CEO, Tom Davies is the Chairman of the Board of Visit Napa Valley for the fiscal year of 2023 and was recently honored in 2022 by the Napa County Farm Bureau with the Friend of Agriculture Award. V. Sattui Winery is a proud supporter of the RLS Middle School, the Napa Valley Grape Growers’ Fields of Opportunity, the Boys and Girls Club and Meals on Wheels – paving the way for the next generation of wine and hospitality professionals creating a vital and sustainable economy for the future of wine tourism. 

Ring in the holidays with V. Sattui!

The season of giving is upon us, and this year V. Sattui Winery is dedicating the entire month of December to celebrating our beloved four-legged friends – those who bring us joy every day of the year and especially those who are still seeking their forever families and homes. Please join us this month for our first-ever PAW-lidays Pet Food Drive benefiting the Napa County Animal Shelter and We Care Animal Rescue, St. Helena!

All month long, we invite you to bring a donation of new, unopened dog or cat food (wet or dry) on the day of your visit and receive TWO ADDITIONAL wine pours of your choice with your paid tasting.

And for those of you with pups that love nothing more than spending the day with their human in wine country; bring them along to V. Sattui (in their favorite Holiday outfit, if they have one) on Saturday, December 17th for the ulti-mutt holiday experience!

Go ahead, do your holiday wine shopping while you do good with your best furry friend by your side. Does it get any better? Happy Paw-lidays indeed!

Five Tips for Winning the V. Sattui Uncork Spring Photo Contest

If you haven’t heard, our spring photo contest has started! Getting creative and having fun is the name of the game. This is the perfect opportunity to try out that fancy camera you bought for your vacation to Europe, to finally get some use out of that cool Polaroid camera, or to even try out portrait mode on an iPhone. The photo contest gives you a chance to win V. Sattui swag and, of course, bragging rights across Napa Valley. Make it a friendly competition between you and your squad, significant other, or family. First place gets you a VSW Wine Tote Bag complete with picnic accessories AND two Go-Vino glasses ($110 value). Second place will receive a VSW Circo Cheese Board with tools ($40 value), and the third place winner will get a VSW VacuVin Wine Chiller ($25 value). Feeling inspired yet? Here are our top five tips for taking the perfect photo for our Uncork Spring Photo Contest!

Make it Golden

The hour before sunset, also known as “golden hour,” is the prime time to get a majestic photo. Think about all of the gorgeous scenic overlooks, parks, and vineyards in the area you could visit to capture the beginning of a brilliant sunset. The Grape Crusher is a perfect example of a place to photograph during this magical hour. Play with some creative angles – maybe you want to focus on the vast, gorgeous sky, or even a bottle of your favorite V. Sattui wine held up in the foreground. Just remember, lighting is everything.

Au Naturale

Since lighting is everything, don’t stray away from natural light. Natural light makes every shot more attractive – especially food and wine. A great way to make use of natural light indoors is setting up near a window and shooting the photo in the opposite direction of the light source. This avoids backlight and basks your subject in the most natural light. This tactic will work best in our luxurious tower tasting room. Capture the essence of an exclusive, cozy wine tasting experience with added fresh spring touches. Another premiere, well-lit spot on the V. Sattui property is our terrace. With a view of the vineyards and gorgeous spring greenery, you’ll only have to put in minimum work to shoot a winning photo here. The natural light is perfect.

Bring in the Props

Complement your photo with objects that foster storytelling. Shooting at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone? Stop by the bakery first, then snap a shot holding a coffee with the building in the background. Planning on shooting at V. Sattui? Grab some meats, cheeses, and a bottle of wine and set up the perfect picnic – basket, checkered table cloth, and all. Props not only add layers to a photo but also help it tell a story.

Apps > Filters

Try using savvy apps made specifically for photo editing instead of a filter. If you have a newer iPhone, portrait mode is a handy way to make something ordinary look artsy. In apps like Snapseed and Afterlight, you can even take a photo in the app and edit it immediately afterward. These apps allow you to enhance the photos you take rather than cover them up, which is sometimes the consequence of using heavy filters.

Tell a Story

The most compelling photos convey emotion and tell a story to the viewer. Don’t be afraid to present uncommon elements in your photos that communicate your unique perspective. The way you see the world isn’t the way everyone else does, take advantage of that! Welcome the fog, don’t shy away from rain, and embrace authenticity.

This is where our help comes to an end, the rest is up to you. By now you should be an expert on how to capture the best spring photo and are more than capable of showing off those newly found photography skills! Remember, the V. Sattui Spring Photo Contest ends June 15 at 11:59 p.m, so submit your best work before the time runs out. Winners will be chosen based on a combination of creativity, artistic composition, and the number of public votes. Everyone who enters will not only have a chance to win swag, but also the opportunity to be featured on our social media!

You now have the perfect excuse to pay us a visit this season. At V. Sattui, we offer a variety of experiences making it the perfect setting for spring photos. We look forward to seeing your beautiful, well-lit faces on the property very soon.