• Thornton Winery Wine Maker

Winemaker David Vergari

Sonoma County Native David Vergari, strives to produce the best wines from vineyards that are exclusively suited to those varietals. David shepherds the wine from vine to bottle, ages them in oak barrels and trusts that if he’s doing his job well, each wine will display its own “voice” – its own distinctive and unique character. In recent years, David has made wines under his eponymously named label and consulted for wineries in California and Chile.

While studying Enology and Viticulture at UC Davis, David interned at Sonoma-Cutrer and The Hess Collection in Napa Valley, and worked abroad at Coldstream Hills in Australia and Covisa in Spain. Landing back in California, David worked his way up to Research Enologist at Joseph Phelps Vineyard before moving to Rutz Cellars in the Russian River Valley, where he not only became the winemaker, but honed his skills and appreciation for Pinot Noir.

David Vergari Thornton Winery Winemaker
David ascribes his life-long interest in wine at least in part to his Italian ancestry. His first memory of wine goes back to when he was five years old, in his great-uncle’s cellar in San Francisco. For a while in his twenties he worked as a financial analyst, but winemaking was in his blood, and inevitably he decided to change careers and follow his passion.

In Thornton Winery’s history of fine winemaking, we continue the tradition of excellence with our Methode Champenoise process of creating classic champagnes in the French method. The Brut Reserve is considered by many to be one of the finest made in the United States. Our Cuvee Rouge, with its beautiful red presentation is but one of the many fine champagnes produced at Thornton Winery.

In addition, we are proud of our numerous award winning varietals, including many “Best of Class” awards in major competitions. Our Estate Syrah and Petite Sirah are indicative of the superb quality of many of the varietals on this wine list.

Our goal is to offer only the highest quality wines and champagnes. We invite you to share our love of the grape and we celebrate our dedicated staff who make it all happen.