We started Drive as a home winemaking project in a vintage auto garage and it quickly became our passion.
In 2015, John Musto and Tom Young met at Santa Rosa Junior College’s “Wine Studies” program studying Viticulture and Enology. That fall, they made a barrel of zinfandel from Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley in Tom’s garage. That first wine would go on to win a Silver Medal in the Sonoma County Harvest Fair and a passion was born!
Making an arrangement with vineyard owner Pete Lewis, Tom and John exchanged vineyard management for grapes and production space in Pete’s garage. The garage, used to restore vintage racing cars inspired the name “Drive Wines”. The wines they made in the garage would go on to win multiple gold and silver medals in amateur competitions.
After several harvests together, John and Tom launched Drive as a professional wine business. In 2017, they produced a Zinfandel from Puccioni Ranch in Dry Creek Valley and in 2018 a Rosé of Zinfandel from Comstock Vineyard, also in Dry Creek Valley. The wines were released in the spring of 2019 and would go on to win Double Gold and Gold medals among the best wines of California. From humble beginnings, through hard work and persistence, the Drive story continues to evolve.
Through hard work and persistence, Drive continues to evolve and expand. In March of 2021, Drive moved into Locals Tasting Room in Geyserville, California. In October, Tom and John were recognized as one of "Five Under the Radar Winemakers in Sonoma County" by Sonoma Magazine. The 2021 harvest was their largest to date expanding production by adding several new wines. The future remains bright for Drive!
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