Jason joined the V. Sattui family in 2015 as Assistant Winemaker and later promoted to Winemaker in March of 2018. He says the family atmosphere of our winery drew him in. He is also excited to help create the many varietals we produce at V. Sattui.
Jason grew up helping his parents farm 10 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes on the Sonoma side of the Los Carneros appellation. His family sold their grapes to Gloria Ferrer Winery, but they also kept a few for themselves. His extended family would gather to create their own wine in a fun, annual gathering.
“I saw how wine can bring people together,” says Jason. “It certainly did for my family.”
He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree at the University of California Davis and interned at Gloria Ferrer, getting a chance to see inside the business that purchased his family’s grapes. After graduating he ventured to New Zealand and received hands-on experience working for Kim Crawford Winery. He returned to California Wine Country to Patz and Hall in Sonoma, and later became an enologist for Franciscan Winery in St. Helena.
“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.”