Peter joined V. Sattui and Castello di Amorosa in 2008 as Associate Winemaker, where his passion and drive have earned him the title of Winemaker.
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 learned to craft some of the most highly regarded Cabernets in Napa Valley.
“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 role brings a sense of personal achievement.”