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Napa Valley vintner Dario Sattui donates $1 million for early childhood education in Calistoga

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Dario Sattui, owner of Castello di Amorosa and V. Sattui Winery, has donated $1 million to the Napa County Office of Education’s preschool program in Calistoga.

It is one of the largest donation ever made to a Napa Valley school by a Napa Valley vintner. Sattui presented a check to the Board during a meeting in Calistoga on July 1.

The donation will fund the relocation of the 20-year old Calistoga preschool to a new building behind the Boys & Girls Club, and will add an additional, full-day classroom to the program.

“An educated society is perhaps the single most important factor in perpetuating a great democracy such as ours. Everyone should have an educational opportunity. And education should begin at a very young age. Therefore, I am delighted to be instrumental in funding this very worthwhile project,” Sattui said.

Sattui founded Castello di Amorosa, an authentically built Tuscan castle and winery in Calistoga in 2007. A native of San Francisco, in 1975 Sattui re-established with $8,000 his great-grandfather’s winery in St. Helena, V. Sattui, which is also a Napa Valley icon.

“This is an overwhelming act of generosity and enlightened philanthropy by Dario Sattui,” said Barbara Nemko, Napa County’s superintendent of schools.

Over the years, Sattui has donated several million dollars to local charitable organizations, including $1.6 million to build the Calistoga Boys & Girls Club. In addition to his various donations, he is underwriting programs that assist employees by subsidizing housing and paying employees to share rides or take the bus. The new classrooms, playground and the extended childcare program are anticipated to be open by August 2021.

Sattui’s donation will be complemented by other donations and a grant from the state of California.

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