Winemaker, Hewitt Vineyard
Tom has made wine at some of the valley's most important wineries, apprenticing at Freemark Abby, Rutherford Hill and Round Hill before joining Dan and Margaret Duckhorn to help found Duckhorn Vineyards in 1978. There, for two dcades, he established himself as one of the Napa Valley's premier fashioners of elegantly classic Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots.
Country born: United States
Education: BS Enology/ermentation Science, UC Davis
Mentors: Phil Baxter and Rick Forman
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
It's a privilege to work with the exceptional fruit from the Rutherford, Oakville and Carneros district to craft the wines. I love everything from anticipating the vineyards' seasons to experimenting with new technologies. I love the way we use innovative practices right alongside traditional methods.