Napa Valley AVA
When his father died in 2001, Tom began a journey making wines that reflect his family’s long and prominent winemaking history.
For over 80 years, the Bardessono family has been farming grapes and providing fruit for some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious producers. John Bardessono and his brother-in-law, Martin Zucco, purchased the Yountville vineyard property in 1926 with earnings from their work in an old copper mine. Eventually, the land was handed down to John’s sons, Pete and Steve, who continued to farm wine grapes and sold them to prominent Napa Valley wineries for over 50 years. Again, the property was handed down to Pete’s son Tom, who is the current owner and manager of Bardessono Vineyards today.
For many years, Tom and his father worked side-by-side, farming wine grapes and making wines they enjoyed with family and friends. Tom also acquired winemaking and production experience working for Robert Mondavi Winery and Opus One, in between wine courses at UC Davis. When his father died in 2001, Tom decided to combine his professional winemaking experience with his personal knowledge of wine grape farming, and began a journey making wines that reflect his family’s long and prominent winemaking history. Tom pays homage to his family’s history with the copper foiling of the “JB” on each wine’s front label, in recognition of his grandfather, John Bardessono.