MEMBER PROFILE: TOM FARELLA, FARELLA VINEYARD

Tom Farella’s original inspiration to enter the wine trade began as a youngster at the dinner table and was fortified by a family trip to France when he was 13 along with some gentle prodding by father Frank.

He graduated from UC Davis in1983 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology while holding down weekend and harvest work with Neyers Vineyards and Flora Springs Winery.  His first full-time job was as winemaker at Preston Vineyards in Sonoma County which he left after six years to work in Burgundy, France 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 this rich experience in 1990 that he came back to Farella Vineyard full time.  In addition, he consults with other small, family owned brands and makes wine for several custom crush clients at the Farella winery in Napa. 

He is also the author of the Coombsville – Napa Valley sub-AVA which was approved in 2011.  The Farella Vineyard is located on a hillside in the heart of the Coombsville AVA.  In addition to being the source of fruit for the 100% estate wine production, 80% of the grapes grown on the estate are sold to other Napa Valley premium wineries including Realm, Lail and Far Niente.