A native of Palm Springs, California, Tom Davies graduated from Chico State University in 1979 with a degree in Business Management. He was so committed to getting into the wine business, he slept in a tent at the State Park in the Napa Valley to save money while searching for work. Impressed with his attitude and enthusiasm, Dario Sattui hired him in the summer of 1980 at $5 an hour to work in V. Sattui Winery’s tasting room and cellar. Tom was among the first 10 employees hired at V. Sattui. His great business sense and knowledge of the wine industry propelled him to the top at V. Sattui. Tom is President and Part-Owner of V. Sattui Winery.
During Tom’s 30-year tenure at V. Sattui, the winery pioneered the direct-to-consumer wine business model. V. Sattui started the second wine club in the Napa Valley and was one of the first wineries in the nation to ship wine directly to consumer’s homes and to host wine club events, dinners and weddings. V. Sattui has also been highly recognized for their wines, winning the most Gold Medals in a year in national and international wine competitions, and has won “Winery of the Year” at the California State Fair three times in the last 10 years, along with numerous high scores and ratings from the Wine Spectator, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines and The Wine Enthusiast. Today, Tom is utilizing social media to expand consumer awareness of V. Sattui Wines and is the star of V. Sattui’s Wine Guys, an on-line video feature. Recently the winery released the very first iphone App for a Napa Valley winery.
Tom has been married to his wife, Cara for the past 28 years. They have a daughter Michaela who is attending her senior year of high school at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island. Tom and Cara have traveled extensively in Europe, and have made Italy their favorite home away from the Napa Valley, spending time there every summer since the early