Napa native Tom Gamble is a farmer first.
“My most lasting memory of childhood is dirt. Playing in dirt. Walking in dust behind the tractor. Wearing out our jean seats sliding down shale hillsides. Wandering aimlessly on foot, horseback and mini-bike all summer long—enjoying everything the dirt and our climate gives to life.”
His boyhood days often began before sunrise herding cattle, working irrigation lines and emulating older ranchers and farmers from the back of the pack. Even when he left the valley, attending college, getting married, pursuing varied business ventures—Tom held fast to his roots, always maintaining a home in Napa, where the Gamble family first came now four generations ago.
Tom purchased his first vineyard in 1981. In 1997, after 13 years exploring other pursuits, Tom returned fulltime to Napa for good. He is the first member of his family to make wine, but hopes he is not the last to work the land. Gamble Family Vineyards is his legacy for future generations, inspired by the hard work of generations past.
Tom Gamble is a farmer first, which is fitting.
Good wine begins on the vine.