Futo Wines began in 2002 when Tom and Kyle Futo purchased Oakford Vineyards. Oakford, a 40 acre property with 7 acres of vineyard, had been established in the 80’s. In 2004, an adjoining 117 acre parcel was added to the property, of which 6 acres were planted to vineyard under the direction of David Abreu and winemaker Mark Aubert. Next, architect Howard Backen was called upon to design the winery. The winery was completed in time to receive the 2008 harvest. Also that year, Jason Exposto was hired to manage the day-to-day winemaking. By 2010, full winemaking responsibilities were handed to Jason. Late in 2011, the Futos completed the purchase of a property in the eastern hills of Stags Leap District. This 40 acre property included a 9 acre Cabernet vineyard planted in 1986. Today, we are proud of the point to which we have come, but remain steadfast on continuous improvement. More to come…
Farming – We believe the pinnacle of wine quality comes from hand farming hillside vineyards. The extra effort it takes is justified at every harvest. Today our vineyard management is 100% in-house, we feel this is the best way to not only achieve consistency but to also improve with every vintage.
Winemaking – “With the pedigree of our vineyards, the caliber of our farming, and Napa Valley’s climate, I find myself using more restraint than influence in my winemaking. When scale comes so easily to a wine I focus more on developing and highlighting the elements that make the wine unique.”
— Jason Exposto