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Dario was born in San Francisco in 1941 and raised in San Francisco and Marin County. His great-grandfather Vittorio Sattui, an Italian immigrant, founded V. Sattui Winery in 1885 in San Francisco. As Vittorio lived to be 94 years old, Dario got to know him and was fascinated by his stories and photos of the old winery, above which the Sattui family continued to live even after Prohibition had shut it down. As a child, Dario would play among the barrels and tanks in the underground cellars while dreaming of reviving the winery when he grew up.
He kept this dream alive as he furthered his education, receiving a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from San Jose State University in 1965 and then an M.B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, in 1969. In 1975 Dario opened V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, focusing on an unusual business model for the time—a winery with the feel of a small European village, offering picnic grounds and most importantly, a direct to consumer approach to sales. In the first year of operation, the business was profitable, and today V. Sattui Winery produces 50,000 cases of wine each year.
Dario Sattui is one of the Napa Valley’s most visible philanthropists. He is a significant supporter of Napa Valley Hospice, Hands Across the Valley, the Napa Valley Land Trust and the Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga. In the last 10 years, V. Sattui Winery has protected over 550 acres in the Napa Valley with Conservation Easements that restrict the development of land with homes and preserves hundreds of acres of vineyards, oak woodlands and grassland open space forever. He also has an active role with the Festival del Sole to help bring music to the area.
In 1980, Dario Sattui hired Tom over a game of ping pong just a year after he graduated from Chico State University. “Dario gave me a bottle of Amador Zin, a baguette, and some brie and I returned to my tent in the State Park (where I’d been sleeping to save money while looking for a job). I remember drinking the wine and having brie for the first time and thinking, ‘This is really cool.’ From that moment on, I knew I could combine my passion for wine and my enthusiasm for business,” Tom says. Among the first 10 employees at V. Sattui, Tom’s business sense and wine industry knowledge drove his ascent through multiple positions, to his current role as president.
Tom was born and raised in Palm Springs, where his father managed a country club. He learned a lot from his dad, including how to put a great party together. He took that into his college years, working part-time for the first bonded winery in California, Brookside Vineyards. Soon after he started at V. Sattui, he met a co-worker who would soon become his wife. They later welcomed their daughter Michaela to the family, and recently celebrated 40 years together. When asked about what’s most important to him about V. Sattui, he said, “It is not a job, it’s my life. Meeting Cara and getting married, having an amazing daughter, experiencing the beauty of Napa Valley… Everything is intertwined with the winery.”
Together with Dario, Tom pioneered several wine industry innovations, including the direct-to-consumer wine model, one of the first wine clubs in the nation, direct shipping of wine, and experienced-based winery hospitality. He co-founded The Coalition Napa Valley, sits on the Board of Directors of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Visit Napa Valley (serving as chair from 2022-2023), and also champions community-based programs including Adopt-a-School, NapaLearns and Fields of Opportunities. Despite all this, he says, “Even after all these years, I am still trying to prove myself.” (Tom, we think you’ve made it!)
When he’s not at the winery, you’ll find him cycling (he rides Napa Valley almost every weekend), listening to music (especially jazz), or visiting Italy (every summer). He’s an adventurous dad, attending Burning Man with his daughter for the last 10 years. If you’re visiting the winery, you’ll know him by his broad-brimmed hat and the red bandana handkerchief he always carries in his right rear pocket.
John didn’t start out in wine. After graduating from University of Michigan, he worked as an executive all over the world, most notably as President and CEO of Ingram Micro Europe, which he built into a multinational European company from a single business.
Over the years his appreciation for wine grew, and in 1998 it led him to purchase a Napa vineyard, which he named “Second Chance.” He immediately began practicing organic farming and earned 92 points in Wine Spectator for his first bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon.
In 2009, Tom Davies convinced him to join V. Sattui as Vice President and General Manager, where he was drawn to the “Warm, welcoming, casual environment with serious wines and seriously friendly staff.” In the years since, he’s helped improve the dynamics of the guest experience, evolved our growth into ecommerce, managed our ever-growing team, spearheaded our pandemic response, and more.
He loves spending time with his family, including daughter Gretchen, sons Derek and Jay, granddaughters Maddie and Emma, stepson Ryan, stepdaughter Amber, and last but not least, his wife Diane, an executive with a Fortune 40 company. He’s a lifelong runner, marathoner, golfer, and skier, and walks the grounds of V. Sattui daily. He never stops learning, but embraces humility, saying, “I take what I do seriously, not myself.”
Brooks is well-known in the wine industry for his leadership and extensive expertise in all things related to winemaking. His vast knowledge lends itself perfectly to overseeing production of our uniquely expansive portfolio of wines. Brooks joined us in 2005 after several years making wines at various other wineries, including Stag’s Leap and Robert Mondavi. Since joining us, he’s earned many accolades, including the San Francisco International Wine Competition’s “Winemaker of the Year.” He doesn’t stop at winemaking, however. He also oversees V. Sattui’s viticultural and grape growing operations, supervising 300 acres of estate vineyards as well as relationships with outside growers.
Born in San Francisco, Brooks grew up in northern California and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. As President and Board Member for the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and Technical reviewer for enology research proposals submitted to the American Vineyard Foundation, he has not only grown his influence in the valley, but has helped drive modern evolutions in local winemaking. 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 and his wife Beth live in Napa and are active in local community, charity, and public planning issues in Napa Valley. Their two adult children, Miles and Emily, are now enjoying the wine tasting and winery visits that used to bore them to tears. As a family, they enjoy traveling, skiing/snowboarding, sailing, hiking and cooking.
Jason’s interest in winemaking started in middle school, when his family took up grape growing in the Los Carneros region of Sonoma Valley. Over the course of several years, observing his family develop raw land into Pinot noir and Chardonnay vineyards sparked his interest in winemaking and his studies at UC Davis, where he earned a degree in Viticulture and Enology. He says, “Growing up in a vineyard gave me a great foundation for science and chemistry. When I realized that the wine industry is the place where science and creativity meld, I knew it was the path for me.”
He learned several aspects of the business working at wineries like Patz and Hall, Gloria Ferrer, Franciscan, and Kim Crawford, before being drawn in by the family atmosphere and breadth of varietals to explore at V. Sattui, where he joined as Assistant Winemaker in 2015. He’s known as an innovator at V. Sattui, quietly carving new paths in the winemaking programs. He says that at V. Sattui he’s learned “I can do more than I could have imagined.”
He lives in Angwin with his wife Sasha and their two small children, Zoe and Henry. He loves spirits – in fact, he’s behind V. Sattui’s new brandy program. While he’s short on free time, he does manage to occasionally perform the Mill’s Mess of juggling (look it up) when he’s not enjoying great wines with his favorite people.
Growing up as a fifth generation San Franciscan, Peter took every opportunity he could to get out into nature, whether through camping, kayaking, biking, or backpacking in the Sierras.
It makes sense that he ended up living and working in such a beautiful, natural setting. He and family of four deeply appreciate the beauty of Napa, but also love the wonderful community, not the least of which is V. Sattui. He says, “It seems inevitable that both of my kids will work here one day in some capacity. My daughter especially can’t wait to join the V. Sattui family when she’s old enough.”
Peter is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of the winemaking and fermenting, both through his coursework at UC Davis (where he earned a B.S. in Fermentation Science) and also through his work experience. While in school he worked as a cellar assistant and microbiologist at a brewery before working in several Napa Valley wineries on the quality control/laboratory side. In 2008 he joined V. Sattui as Assistant Winemaker, becoming Winemaker in 2014. He says, “My passion for winemaking has grown so much during my time here. Starting out I was excited about winemaking and having a ton of fun, but I had not really thought about dedicating my entire career to it. Now I can’t imagine doing anything else.’
With the wide variety of wines made at V. Sattui, being organized is a critical part of his job. Luckily, he likes getting immersed in the detail of an Excel spreadsheet (especially one with lots of colors). That diversity of wines also allows him to experiment and push the boundaries of traditional winemaking. He says, “I’m grateful for the level of freedom I have in pursuing different wines, styles and techniques. Innovation is really encouraged here, and my confidence in my abilities has grown every year.”
Shelby was known as the wild child in her family growing up, with an adventurous spirit that served her well in her multiple sports and activities (even though it landed her in the ER more than a few times). She started at V. Sattui as an enologist in 2017 (with pink and purple hair!) and applied that sense of adventure and exploration to the winemaking team’s continuous evaluation of wines and processes. Her meticulous attention to detail comes in very handy when it comes to the many practical details involved in making wine.
She holds two Bachelors of Science degrees (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Food Science and Nutrition) and earned her 2-year Winemaking Certificate at UC Davis. Even with so much education under her belt, she was once reserved and nervous about speaking publicly. After starting at V. Sattui, she says, “I quickly got over my fears. I have felt so empowered speaking with customers about our wines and explaining all the technical components of winemaking.”
She feels blessed to live close to her parents in Sonoma County. In her free time, she loves to bake pastries for the people she loves, take her dog Koda for hikes, and watch true crime documentaries.
When Margarito came to the United States in 1995, wine was not a part of his life in any way. Through working at various wineries over the years, his natural curiosity and joy in the unknown led him to a deep and ongoing discovery of the science behind great winemaking, including the chemistry and microbiology of grapes. (It runs in the family – his daughter is currently at UC Berkeley studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). He came to V. Sattui in 2017, where his top priority as Cellar Master is “the quality of our wines that everyone can enjoy on any occasion…there’s always something new to learn about winemaking.”
Margarito was born and raised in Actopan Veracruz, Mexico, where much of his childhood consisted of helping his father raise cows. Currently, Margarito lives in Napa with his wife Monica, who has helped him cultivate his passion for the wine industry. In his free time he likes to work out, cook new dishes, joke around and spend time with his family (including his adult son and daughter).
Born in Michaocán, Mexico, David’s first love was boxing. As a boy, he was able to earn free movie tickets and popcorn for himself and his brother and sometimes, money to help his family. His father passed away when David was 11, and his vineyard career started shortly thereafter, when he moved to Baja, California and started pruning vines and picking grapes for a nearby winery. At age 15, he followed his brother to the United States and settled in Santa Rosa. He was able to foster his love of boxing in his new home, even training with some Olympic boxers. Today, he and his adult son spend a lot of time with their speedbags.
He never stopped working in the vineyards, where he was quickly recognized for his strong work ethic, learning ability, and devotion to his job. Before coming to V. Sattui in 1996, he was vineyard foreman at Domaine Chandon and also worked for a vineyard management company. But, he says, “V. Sattui is like family. I’ve been supported through the good and the bad.” Today, David manages the entire vineyard team and their work in our vineyards with great strides in staff development. David champions both his male and female farmworkers to further their education and broaden their skills. He currently resides with his wife, Veronica, in Napa, and spends time whenever possible with his adult son and daughter.
Michelin-star chef Stefano Masanti is the founder and visionary of one of northern Italy’s most beloved restaurants, Il Cantinone. Stefano is the Executive Chef and his accomplished wife, Raffaella, a professional sommelier, greets guests in the restaurant located in the small ski-village of Madesimo, in the Italian Alps. Stefano and Raffaella spend their off-season at V. Sattui extending their warm hospitality and creating culinary magic for group events and weddings at the winery. He also oversees our in-house Salumeria and our house-made gelatos – and we couldn’t be in better hands. Stefano’s bresaola was just awarded in 2019 “Best Bresaola” in all of Italy!
Known for his infectious smile, sharp wit, strong work ethic, and his culinary prowess, Masanti has forged an adventurous career that has spanned both Europe and the U.S.
Born in Milan in 1970, Stefano Masanti grew up in the Lombardian resort town of Madesimo, where he recalls his first day in the kitchen, at just 5 years old, helping his grandfather churn vanilla gelato for the family business, Hotel Andossi. He received his B.A. degree in hospitality at the Hotel Institute Crotto Caurga Chiavenna, followed by three years at the University of Milan, where he majored in public relations. Additional professional development includes time in France’s Ecole Lenotre, Alain Ducasse’s culinary school, Ducasse Education, and the culinary institute in Brescia, Italy.
Chef Masanti is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals; he has helped launch a number of restaurants and hotels in Poland; and for years he successfully managed Il Cantinone, the highly acclaimed, Michelin-star restaurant adjacent to his family’s hotel in Madesimo. An accomplished master of charcuterie, Masanti was named “Craftsman of the Year” in all of Italy by the 2009 Identità Golose for best Valchiavenna bresaola.
One of the earliest proponents of the Slow Food movement, Chef Masanti believes in the value of preserving and protecting regional food traditions from around the world.
Margarita’s first culinary influence was her grandmother, who taught her the ways of cooking in Margarita’s childhood home of Michoacán, Mexico. Now a grandmother herself, Margarita still loves to cook, both as Chef and Kitchen Manager at V. Sattui and for her family (husband, three sons, and a granddaughter) and friends in Napa.
She started at V. Sattui doing kitchen prep work in 1996, when the kitchen was very, very small and the staff consisted of only two employees. Over the years, she grew her culinary skills by learning from the many esteemed winery chefs that passed through the V. Sattui kitchen. By experiencing different management and cooking styles, Margarita gained confidence and knowledge, and is now an accomplished chef herself and expertly oversees a kitchen team of eight. Today, she appreciates the food, wine, and people at V. Sattui, and loves getting to explore many different types of culinary projects in the kitchen.
Katryana Zide (affectionately called “Kat”) began her chocolate journey when at a young age she visited Jean Phillipe Patisserie in Las Vegas. Mesmerized by the artistic pastries and chocolates, Kat held a continued interest in the craft. After graduating college in Los Angeles with a degree in Music, she decided to leap into Culinary Arts. She trained at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa Valley and graduated with a degree in Baking and Pastry. During her time, she worked at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City in their La Bonne Vie Patisserie under the talented Chef Jeffrey De Leon. Afterwards, she returned to the CIA where she was hired as a Chocolatier.
Kat got her foot in the door at V. Sattui in 2020 as an assistant to our cheesemonger. Drawn to the winery by its large selection of wines and her love of wine and cheese pairings, she quickly put her degree to use as V. Sattui’s pastry cook and chocolatier, developing wine and truffle pairings incorporating sweet, spice, and savory flavor elements. She says that the “love and encouragement from other V. Sattui staff to continue pushing myself as a chocolatier” is one of the reasons she loves where she works.
While Katryana has found immense success in the field of culinary she began as a musician. In fact, she played flute and oboe from elementary school to college. (it helps that she’s ambidextrous!) She and her husband are dedicated to their two “beautiful fur babies” and when she’s not adventuring in wine and cooking, she loves to play board games, solve jigsaw puzzles and listen to audiobooks.
Back in the summer of 1984, Keith wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. He did know he wanted to be a “Yoda” at something. He wound up coming on board at V. Sattui as a cashier, but that role didn’t last long as his passion for curds quickly catapulted him into a self-proclaimed “Cheeses Freak.” Today, his knowledge of cheese has him well on his way to Jedi status.
When he first started at the winery, he was surprised how much he enjoyed working in such a people-crowded environment, one that he calls “family-friendly, dynamic, and not snobby… There is always something to do.” Easygoing by nature, his main demand of his employees is “keeping the cheese case bountiful and those ugly cheese tags face down in the display case.” Keith has educated hundreds of employees on the history and appreciation of cheese in his 30 plus years as cheesemonger and thousands more who’ve visited the V. Sattui Deli featuring over 200 cheeses from around the world.
Born in Berkeley and raised in Southern California, in his youth he was a golf nut and a comic book fanatic (even making his own comics). He had a stint as a video game tester and today loves playing board games with friends and paired with wine. He lives in Napa, where he’s a bass guitar player in a local band.
Ali is one of our beloved generational employees, following in the footsteps of her mother, who worked at V. Sattui when Ali was a child. Her first job at the winery came in 1986 at the tender age of 14, when she begged for a job in the deli. After college, where she studied graphic design and psychology, she spent 17 years “out in the world” working in both B2B and B2C winery organizations as a graphic designer, business administrator and sales manager. She traveled and started a family while always maintaining her ties to V. Sattui. Ali returned to work at the winery in 2011 as the administrative and marketing manager, calling it “a place and a brand I love with people I call my family.”
Ali has been exposed to every aspect of V. Sattui’s business over the years, and her enterprising, creative and caring nature has led her to many different roles. Currently she wears the title of Vice President of Marketing, focusing her efforts on grounding the culture, messaging, and experiences in diversity and inclusion, while communicating the WHY behind the V. Sattui brand. She says, “We have incredible longevity in our staff and a rich, colorful history with a diverse fan base that’s represented in our offerings. I get to build and paint using all the V. Sattui colors and stories and make a living doing so. How lucky!”
Ali lives in Browns Valley, Napa, where she dotes on her two dogs, cooks, hikes, and dabbles in pottery. She’s very close to her son, an architecture major at University of Oregon, and recharges her batteries with a pilgrimage to Kauai every year. She’s known for her deep experience and knowledge of V. Sattui’s business, care and mentorship towards the staff, and appreciation for food and wine.
Monica’s love of hospitality started at the early age of 16, when she got her first job as a restaurant server in her home town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor’s in Communications/emphasis in Public Relations, she continued on her hospitality journey, working at various restaurants in Southern California and moving up the ranks, eventually becoming a hospitality manager overseeing restaurant operations and events at multiple locations.
In 2018 Monica set off for Napa Valley and V. Sattui Winery, where she oversees winery events (literally – from her tower office overlooking the vineyard). She says V. Sattui “truly feels like a family,” one where she has made life-long friendships based on mutual respect.
She loves wine and travel, but is driven by adventure – in fact, she’s logged over 976 skydives and loves any adrenaline-based fun – whether it’s bungee jumping, white water rafting, cliff jumping, or wake surfing. She lives in Napa with her Great Pyrenees and when she’s not working or adventuring, she’s busy exploring wine country with her close friends.
Megan is a true industry vet. She got her start in the wine industry at age 21, when she fell in love with Zinfandel through her job at Ballentine Vineyards. Working in wine fit her like a glove, and she’s never looked back. She’s learned from amazing mentors while on the job, developing her skills as a sales and marketing expert. She says the stars aligned in 2016 when she got a call from V. Sattui recruiting her away from her position selling wine for boutique brands, saying “Being a part of the V. Sattui family feels like home to me.” She has a variety of roles (it never gets boring) including outbound hospitality, marketing, outreach, and brand building.
Megan’s Napa journey began at age 4, when her family of 8 relocated from Union City. She had an early love for anything creative – drawing, writing, music…and food. She considered a career in coffee or the culinary arts, but life kept bringing her back to wine. She’s known to drink coffee until it’s time to drink wine, will eat anchovies on almost anything, and is a self-professed guinea pig enthusiast. She loves the warmth, beauty and inclusivity of V. Sattui, and says being a part of the team “requires collaboration, patience, creativity, humility and at times some good ol’ fashioned grit. The culture is REAL – ‘let your hair down and let your vulnerabilities’ show kind of real. It took a minute for me to realize it was safe to be me, make mistakes and grow. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Megan lives in American Canyon with her husband Michael and son Joseph (who has already worked a couple of summers at V. Sattui). She and her family enjoy bike rides, going to great restaurants, cooking, long drives, exploring art museums, tasting wine and just enjoying the sunshine.
A great-great grandson of Vittorio Sattui and nephew to Dario, Brien is a living example of carrying on the family legacy. While Brien hovered in and around the winery in his youth, he officially joined V. Sattui in 2018 as a wine host. From there, he quickly advanced into management of the tasting room, where he oversees the sales staff and offers exceptional experiences to our members and guests.
Brien was raised in Sonoma County and has a love of sports and the outdoors, especially Lake Tahoe. After finishing high school at Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa, he furthered his education at Butte Community College before working for the other family business (roofing) for 28 years. He values the little things in life, believing that great experiences create our best memories, and that wine is the perfect accompaniment to make those experiences better. Humble by nature, he works hard but cherishes his interactions with guests, saying, “At the end of the day it’s all about enjoying life.”
Brien lives in Rohnert Park with his wife and three boys. In keeping with the family tradition, his oldest son also works at V. Sattui.
At age 15, Joe discovered cooking in a professional kitchen and after his first kitchen management position at age 16, he yielded to his calling and resolved he would not be taking over his father’s business as a mechanical engineer working on Porsches. Joe moved to San Francisco to attend The California Culinary Academy a year after high school which offered him an externship at Domaine Chandon. Following graduation, he moved to the Napa Valley to further submerse himself in the world of wine and food while working at Silverado Country Club.
Joe’s passion for food and love for the Caribbean came to fruition in his own restaurant which thrived for 10 years in Boulder, CO. Also a Level 1 Sommelier, Joe is highly skilled in food & wine. But he doesn’t stop there – he’s also a Core Power yoga instructor, Scuba master, and Costa Rica aficionado (having visited 14 times!).
Growing up in Santa Barbara as one of 7 kids shaped Joe into a self-described “eternal optimist, for better or worse.” He joined the V. Sattui team in 2017 as Culinary Director and evolved into the Marketplace Director. He says his favorite thing about his job is “the people who work here.” He now lives in Napa, where he loves mountain biking, grilling and gardening in his spare time.
Craig says that in all his years working at restaurants (where he performed pretty much every possible position), he wouldn’t see as many people in a week as he sees in a day at V. Sattui, and he thrives on the challenge. He says that at V. Sattui, “I have learned to expect the unexpected, be ready for anything and everything, and to be nimble!”
He has always enjoyed cooking and sharing meals with friends and family, starting with his own family growing up. Born and raised in Chico, Ca, he had a “fairly standard middle class life,” running track and cross country and playing soccer and football. After 3 years in community college, he realized he couldn’t sit at a desk full time, found his path in hospitality, and hasn’t looked back.
Since starting at V. Sattui as the Deli Manager in 2018 and evolving into Hospitality Manager, he says, “My food knowledge and especially my wine knowledge has grown immensely. But I love the people! Getting to know them and their stories is one of my favorite things, along with the relationships with my coworkers. They teach, encourage, and challenge me daily.”
Craig lives in Vacaville with his wife, two children, and two dogs. He spends a lot of time cooking and exploring, hiking, snowboarding, and walking. He says that “Anytime we can welcome folks into our home is time well spent.” This is definitely the case at the winery, where his warmth is well-known throughout the valley.
Stephanie joined the V. Sattui team in October 2019 as Promotions Manager. Since then, her role has grown to encompass managing the wine club as well. She wears many hats (which she loves) and says she’s learned that she can handle so much more than she ever thought.
But her favorite part of V. Sattui is the people. She says, “It feels like everyone who works here is a family member. We laugh, we debate, and when it’s crunch time, we rally and make it happen. It’s great being on this team.” (she’s also a big fan of the deli’s bresaola sandwich)
Growing up in Southern California, Stephanie was a theater enthusiast and a Junior Olympic Nordic skier. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis, after which she managed a Flagship Branch at Enterprise Rent-A-Car and held several positions in wineries and wine marketing firms. She lives in the town of Napa with her husband Adam and daughter Antonia, and in her free time, loves to do creative writing, crafting, wine tasting, and eBike riding. She’s proud to be a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and appreciates that at V. Sattui, she feels “genuinely encouraged to be my authentic self, which has allowed me to stretch my creative and organizational muscles to come up with new and unique ideas.”
With four years of active military service and six years in the National Guard under his belt, Gordon is no stranger to precision and hard work. He puts those qualities to work every day as V. Sattui’s CFO.
Raised near Saint Louis, Missouri, Gordon came to the winery as a staff accountant in 1998, not long after he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting. He had no real work experience, but he immediately developed a rapport with Dario, who he says gave him the chance to succeed. Gordon says, “All that I’ve obtained in my career is due to experiences that I had and decisions that were made early on at V. Sattui Winery. I wouldn’t be where I am now without that.”
He describes V. Sattui as the busiest winery in the Napa Valley, but appreciates his quiet office, which gives him the right environment to think and work. He appreciates his great staff and his relationships at V. Sattui, and the feeling that if you work hard enough, you can achieve any goal.
Linh spent several years working in customer service and global supply chain management before landing at V. Sattui. She first joined us in 2006 as a part-time weekend wine consultant, with the goal of escaping the stress of her full-time job and having more fun at work. In 2018 she became our full-time Staff Accountant, later expanding to Accounting Manager and Human Resource Director. She says, “I’m very grateful to Tom Davies for taking a chance and giving me a whole new career. There’s never a dull moment here with our Sattui family!”
Linh moved to the United States from Vietnam with her mother and father when she was 5, living in Kansas and Missouri before coming to California. She sang in the choir and played volleyball, tennis and softball in school, and is a big sports fan to this day (along with her husband). She even watches UFC! They and their two boxer dogs live in Napa. With family in Napa and Sonoma County, they are able to enjoy not only the three children, but three grandsons and a grandniece. She stays happy and healthy by enjoying her downtime (going on drives, going to the beach, spoiling her dogs, dining in the beautiful valley, and spending time with friends and family). She thrives on taking care of the winery employees, and loves the family atmosphere at V. Sattui.
Daniel got his start in agriculture at a very young age, working with his father in the fields of Michoacan, Mexico. His family lived off the land and there was never enough food to go around, inspiring Daniel to venture to the US for more opportunity.
Upon arrival, he immediately got to work, spending several years in various positions – propagating roses, harvesting mushrooms, working sanitation, and more. Whatever he did, he always worked hard and excelled. In 1984 he met Carolyn Sattui (Dario’s sister), who introduced him to the winery, and he was brought on to perform all sorts of new roles. In 1985, Dario asked Daniel to create landscaping worthy of a world-class wedding destination, and he continues managing our gorgeous grounds today. A true gentleman, Daniel enjoys engaging with staff and guests and frequently works member events, where he builds long term relationships with V. Sattui fans. With all of his varied experience, he says, “Nowhere else have I loved what I do every single day as much as at V. Sattui.”
Through working for V. Sattui, and with the support of Napa Valley Farmworkers Association, Daniel was able to get an education and complete his US citizenship. Daniel returns home every day, to his family of four, on our Estate Carsi Vineyard property in Yountville.