Vintner Dario Sattui recovering after bike crash, neck surgery

2014-02-25T17:23:00Z 2014-03-05T11:47:41Z Vintner Dario Sattui recovering after bike crash, neck surgeryKERANA TODOROV Napa Valley Register
February 25, 2014 5:23 pm  • 

A month after crashing his bike near his winery, Castello di Amorosa near Calistoga, vintner Dario Sattui continues to recuperate from neck surgery at his Upvalley home.

“I’m better every day,” said Sattui, who now wears a neck brace and uses a walker.

On Jan. 29, Sattui said he was still jet-lagged after returning from a tour of Vietnam when he went on a 10-mile morning bike ride alone in the hillside near his house.

Returning from Diamond Mountain Road, he had reached Highway 29 when he may have hit a piece of wood and crashed, he said. A carpenter found him unconscious along the highway and called 911.

Sattui, 72, who suffered broken bones, face lacerations and other injuries, was transported to St. Helena Hospital. He was then transferred by ambulance to UC San Francisco Medical Center where he said he underwent a five-hour operation to repair four bones on his neck and receive a bone graft from his lower back in the process. Twelve screws were inserted in his neck, he said.

“Not fun,” Sattui said.

Sattui said he stayed at the hospital for about a week. His girlfriend, Irina Yartseva, stood by his side the entire time. “She’s a great woman,” Sattui said.

He continues to work from his home office, though he stopped by Castello di Amorosa, his Tuscan-style winery/castle, for the first time in four weeks on Tuesday. To exercise his muscles, Sattui said he walks three miles a day with a walker around his porch.

“He always pushes himself,” Yartseva said.

Sattui’s said his riding days are over. “I’ll walk or swim in the future,” he said.

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  1. winewear
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    winewear - February 25, 2014 6:52 pm
    Dario, I hope you recover soon!
    You're a great part of this valley and we value your remarkable contributions!!
  2. vocal-de-local
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    vocal-de-local - February 25, 2014 10:27 pm
    Get well Mr. Sattui. I once saw you outside of Castello Di Amorosa bossing the chickens around who were digging up the lawn area. I think it's time for someone to boss you around, remind you that you're 72 and to, ugh, not take bone breaking risks!
  3. Richard Arrowood
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    Richard Arrowood - February 26, 2014 9:26 am
    Dario , Sorry to hear of your accident.....Listen to your doctors and all of us at Amapola Creek wish you a speedy recovery.....And BTW , we are not 25 years old any longer !!!!!Get well soon my friend !
  4. Calistoga Bikeshop
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    Calistoga Bikeshop - February 26, 2014 1:02 pm
    Dario - very sorry to hear of your accident - we wish you a fast and full recovery.
  5. hyperbole
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    hyperbole - February 26, 2014 10:46 pm
    Daryl (Dario), I imagine when 911 was called for you, Napa County firefighters in addition to AMR ambulance personnel responded to help you. These were the same professional firefighters you publicly bashed a few years back.

    http://www.watchsonomacounty.com/2010/04/featured-articles/firefighters-boycott-winemaker-who-criticized-pensions-pay/

    I'm sure they still treated you with pride and excellence!
  6. glenroy
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    glenroy - February 27, 2014 7:55 am
    Classless....typical fire fighter response in this day and age….the fact is…It is ridiculous how much we spend on the FD since it was brought up. Run the numbers based on fires we pay millions per fire…millions to sleep on the job, workout, watch the boobtube...how crazy is that? Eight days a month...Capitals paid $225,000.00 for eight days a month?

    There are fewer fires every year we should be reducing FD costs.

    It's insane...

    Godspeed Daryl.....
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