TOM GAMBLE - FARMER & OWNER, GAMBLE FAMILY VINEYARDS
My (ad)venture in wine seems to me to be a natural progression of history. As a third generation Napa farmer, I have been influenced all my life by my forebears' lives in agriculture. They have left, as part of their legacy, their deep and abiding affinity for the land from which came not only their livelihood, but also a life full of purpose. I am hopeful I can transfer that way of life to yet another generation.
Given this legacy, one does not continue farming for dispassionate reasons alone—there are easier ways to make a living.
And thus, taking the next step and putting one’s name on a bottle of wine does not come lightly.
All our wines are produced in small quantities, with the careful attention to farming my forebears would expect. I hope you will try one or more of my wines and let me know if you agree.
TOM GAMBLE OWNER / Farmer
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. Wandering aimlessly on foot, horseback and mini-bike all summer long—enjoying everything the dirt and our climate gives to life.” Tom’s boyhood days often began before sunrise; herding cattle, working irrigation lines and emulating older ranchers and farmers from the back of the pack.
Tom purchased his first vineyard in 1981. 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.
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