Farella Vineyard Promotes Ryan Pass to Winemaker
Ryan Pass, who has worked at Farella vineyard since the 2015 harvest has been elevated to Winemaker after 3 years as Assistant Winemaker. Tom Farella will take the title of “Vintner,” though the working relationship will remain in place with Tom and Ryan collaborating on wine style, blends, harvest decisions and production methods.
”I’m not going anywhere,” says Tom Farella after 27 years at the helm of “but Ryan’s contribution to the goals at Farella are a great asset to me and our small, family-owned brand. He has demonstrated a sensitivity to our wine style goals and his winemaking skills and work ethic are tremendous.”
Both Tom and Ryan are are California natives and UC Davis graduates, nearly 30 years between. Both had worked at several wineries both domestically and abroad before settling in at Farella. Ryan is also a co-owner and Winemaker of Etxea Wines, which are also produced at Farella.
Farella Vineyard was founded in 1977 by Frank Farella in the heart of the Coombsville-Napa Valley AVA. Vines were first planted in 1979, a small winery was built in 1985 and a larger winery on the estate was built in 1997. Frank was the original Winemaker followed by Tom Farella in 1991 after 6 years as Winemaker at Preston-Sonoma and stints in Burgundy and Oregon. Tom also authored the Coombsville AVA petition which was approved in 2011.
Farella Vineyard is also known as a grower to numerous other Napa Valley brands over the years starting with Robert Mondavi and currently to Realm Cellars and several other small, artisan brands.