Dario Sattui, Owner
Dario Sattui, great grandson of San Francisco California pioneer vintner, Vittorio Sattui, was born in San Francisco in 1941 and raised in San Francisco and Fairfax in Marin County. He attended Drake High School and then College of Marin. As a child, Sattui was an entrepreneur and loved playing sports. He started various businesses in grammar school, high school and college and gained valuable experience in the basics of business.
Georg Salzner, President
Austrian-born food and wine aficionado Georg Salzner joined Castello di Amorosa as president in 2008. At the young age of 16, the legal drinking age in Austria, Salzner developed a passion for food and wine which led him to an extensive career in wine and food management. Prior to joining Castello di Amorosa, Salzner spent five years as Banquet Manager, Sommelier and Wine Buyer at the famous Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C.
Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Brooks Painter has been a winemaker for over 30 years. He has experience making ultra-premium varietal wines from throughout the many different grape-growing regions of California. His current position is Director of Winemaking for Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, California. His previous position was Winemaking Operations Manager at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California, and Brooks was formerly with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Leeward Winery and Felton-Empire Vineyards. He recently received Winemaker of the Year in the 2014 American Fine Wine Competition.
Peter Velleno, Winemaker
Peter Velleno was born and raised in San Francisco where he and his two older brothers were the fifth generation of their family to be born in the city. He attended the University of California at Davis. He took one class in the University’s renowned Food Science department and quickly changed his major from Chemical Engineering to Fermentation Science. After intensive study in winemaking, brewing science, microbiology and food engineering, he earned a BS in Fermentation Science; the only student in the 2003 UC Davis graduation ceremony to receive such a degree.
Sebastiano Rosa, Consulting Winemaker
Sebastiano Rosa, is the stepson of Nicolo Incisa della Rochetta whose family owns Sassicaia, brings an extensive wine background to the team. Upon graduating from UC Davis in 1990, Rosa participated in the 1991 harvest at the storied Château Lafite Rothschild.
Jim Sullivan, Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing
With over 20 years of marketing, public relations and business development experience with professional motorsports teams and in a variety of healthcare organizations in Southern California, Sullivan first joined Castello di Amorosa in 2008 as Public Relations and Marketing Manager
Lupo, Castle Mascot and Tour Escort
Lupo (Italian for Wolf) may be seen from time to time escorting guests on tours when led by owner, Dario Sattui. (We suspect he knows the tour route better than even Dario!) Lupo, a long-haired German Shepherd has been at the Castle for over seven years and prides himself on being able to determine the difference between the barrel aged Chardonnay and the steel aged Chardonnay. Ask him which he prefers when you catch up to him.