Laura Orozco Named Associate Winemaker.
Orozco was the first generation in her family to graduate from college and has early childhood memories of her father's hard work in Napa Valley vineyards. She grew up in Yountville and graduated in 1998 from UC Santa Cruz with a Molecular Biology degree. She returned to Napa and began her career as a harvest lab assistant at Franciscan Winery, all while taking winemaking and viticulture classes at Napa Valley College, thereafter being promoted to Lab Supervisor. After seven years at Franciscan she was offered the position of enologist at V. Sattui. Within a year, she became Assistant Winemaker. "I love working with the many different types of wines we make here," she explains. "It's been a very steep learning curve; I love the dynamics and scope of what we do, from walking the vineyards, running the crushers, presses, pumping tanks over and seeing how the new wines develop," she adds.
Founded in 1885, V. Sattui Winery is a family-owned business which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2010. V. Sattui produces more than 40 wines, which are highly acclaimed and receive top awards. In 1985 Dario Sattui, fourth-generation winemaker, redesigned the winery to be an inviting 'village' setting, with the buildings' stone facades and towers framed by gardens and estate vineyards. Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter has overseen the winery's vineyard and winery operations since 2005.
V. Sattui Winery is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. More at www.vsattui.com.