Winemaker, Farella Vineyard
Tom Farella's original inspiration to enter the wine trade began as a youngster at the dinner table and was later fortified by a family trip to France and some gentle prodding by father Frank. He graduated from UC Davis in 1983 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology while holding down weekend and harvest work with Neyers Vineyards and Flora Springs Winery. His first real job was as winemaker at Preston in Sonoma County which he left after six years to work in Burgundy for Domaine Jacques Prieur in Meursault. The work/travel bug persisted, so he then worked in Oregon for a harvest at Ponzi Winery, then in the vineyard for Beaux Freres. It was after these rich experiences in 1990 that he came back to Farella Vineyard full time.
Country born: United States
Education: BS Enology & Viticulture, UC Davis 1983
Original Mentors, Bruce Neyers and father Frank
Preston Vineyards, Mentor Lou Preston
Harvest+ in Burgundy, Mentors Martin & Jean Prieur 1989
Harvest+ Oregon, 1990 (Dick Ponzi)
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Honor the vineyard site and always focus on balance, in order to produce wines with vibrancy and that complement a meal.