After watching big box transportation, and hotel businesses directing tourists into commercial wineries and excursions, I felt compelled to re-write the Napa Valley experience. In 2013, I began the Napa Native journey as a way to embrace the appreciation for a genuine local experience.
This valley is dependent on local families and a cultural appreciation for the lifestyle that we have cultivated.
That's why you are here.
You're ready to get off the beaten path and visit these boutique wineries.
My mission is simple.
Share a truly authentic Napa Valley through Lifestyle Excursions, Media & Hand Crafted products.
I do this by collaborating with other boutique, local service providers to bring you unprecedented experiences.
The Family Story
Where it all began
The story begins right outside the city of Napa, on a small vineyard in the Oak Knoll Appellation. My grandfather Lloyd, bought the property in 1963. He was originally a dairy farmer from Rice Lake, Wisconsin. He joined the Navy to fight for his country and ended up surviving the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Shortly after he married my Grandmother Phyllis, they moved up to Napa Valley from Alameda with the dreams of having a family farm.
Seven cows, four horses and eleven children later, he was living the dream. For more than thirty years he farmed that property. A very distinctive red barn stood in the center of the fields, it was among a house and garage that he had hand built. He never saw a challenge too tough and he never made excuses when it came to his children. My mother, Robin, was the youngest of his six daughters, she never strayed too far from home. She graduated from Justin Siena High, went to college at UC Davis and eventually went on to get a Doctorate Degree in Business. She met my father Glenn, after a small fender bender in the Payless parking lot. He just happened to own an auto body and paint business in Fairfield.
Together they moved to Napa and bought the property from my grandparents. They raised three children of their own in the same house my mother had been raised in. In 1999 the farm had become a giant playground for us kids, but my parents began to have bigger plans for our humble farm. With my Grandfather's love of farming and Cabernet, and my parents entrepreneurial spirit, ThirtyOne|12 Vineyards was born.
Being exposed to vineyard life at such a young age, I never truly knew how lucky I was until the spring of 2009 when I took my first viticulture class at the Napa Valley College with Dr. Krebs. I grew so passionate about wine over the next semester that I quit my restaurant job and began working at the O'Brien Estate. As I continued my education of viticulture, enology and eventually wine marketing and sales. My professional career was growing by leaps and bounds. By the age of 21 I was managing the tasting room at the O'Brien estate, educating groups as large as 40 on the estate crafted wines, and the artisan skill of wine making.
As my tours & tastings became more detailed and educational, my interest peaked and I began making my own wine. 2013 was my first vintage, I started with a small batch of Cabernet Sauvignon harvested from my family's vineyard. But Even that wasn't enough for me and I sought out other opportunities to truly experience Napa Valley Life. After taking a cultural appreciation class with Paul Wagner at the Napa Valley College, I finally began to realize how unique life in Napa Valley is.
I wanted to provide a true cultural experience to visitors of the Napa Valley. I felt so much went unseen or heard. So I started Napa Native Wine Tours & Napa Native Hiking Tours with the vision of bringing unprecedented experiences to visitors of all budgets and interests. My knowledge of wine and the industry grows every day as I inch closer to my ultimate goal of owning my own winery.
Join me on my journey through the Valley of Grapes.
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi