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V.  Sattui  Winery

Winery Re-established from Historic San Francisco Origin

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Born in Genoa, Italy, Vittorio Sattui came to San Francisco in quest of a better life in 1882. Sattui first worked as a baker, and then he and his wife Kattarina started a boarding house that served his home-made wines.
The wines gathered such a fine reputation that he started St. Helena Wine Cellars (located in San Francisco, the wine used grapes grown in St. Helena). Vittorio eventually changed the winery name to V. Sattui, but closed during prohibition.
In the 1970s, Vittorio and Kattarina’s great-grandson, Dario, re-established V. Sattui—in St. Helena, this time.
The winery is beautiful, with regal oak trees, moss-covered stone winery buildings, and immaculate landscaping. You might enjoy taking a free self-guided tour of the wine caves or visiting the small wine museum.
The main tasting room has a huge bar, and it’s usually quite busy (Sattui wines are only sold at the winery, castle or via their website). The 2.5-acre picnic grounds are hugely popular, and you can easily put together a picnic from the winery’s delicatessen. In good weather BBQs are often held outdoors.

Fascinating Fact:

Dario Sattui also owns the amazing Castello di Amorosa Winery, a recreated castle complete with a moat, near the Napa Valley town of Calistoga.
Amenities: Gift shop, Well-stocked deli, Picnic sites, Wine education seminars, Wine club
Founded: 1976
Signature Wines: Gamay Rouge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sangiovese, Grappa
Wine Tasting: No appointment needed
Hours: Daily, 9–6 (9–5 in winter)
V. Sattui Winery
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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