Drive Wines was started by John Musto and Tom Young. Hobby winemakers who honed their craft in the vineyards, wineries, and classrooms of Sonoma County. Inspired by their surroundings, they’ve set out to craft single vineyard wines through passion and grit…
Drive Wines: Our Story
In 2015, John Musto and Tom Young met at Santa Rosa Junior College’s wine studies program. That fall John, an aspiring winemaker and Tom, a small vineyard owner, made a barrel of Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. They purchased grapes from Pete Lewis and crafted the wine in Tom’s garage. The wine would go on to win a Silver Medal in the Sonoma County Harvest fair and a passion was born!
Tom and John would reach an arrangement with Pete; in exchange for vineyard upkeep, they would retain all harvested grapes and use Pete’s garage as their winery. The garage, which was used to restore vintage racing cars, would become a major source of inspiration and “Drive Wines” was born. The wines they made in the garage would go on to win multiple gold and silver medals in amateur competitions.
After several award winning harvests together, John and Tom would expand Drive Wines from an amateur operation to a professional winery. In 2017, Drive produced a Zinfandel from Puccioni Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and in 2018 a single vineyard Rosé of Zinfandel from Comstock Vineyard, also in Dry Creek Valley. The wines were released in the spring of 2019 to critical and consumer acclaim. Drive continues to hone their trade, focusing on single vineyard wines from extraordinary vineyards.
Originally from the East Coast, John Musto moved from Boston to Italy where he developed a passion for wine. Returning stateside, he relocated to Sonoma County in 2013 to pursue a career in the wine industry. With a career in Sales and Marketing, John manages winemaking and strategy for Drive Wines while working full-time at Ridge Vineyards and pursuing a degree in Enology from Santa Rosa Junior College. John resides in Sebastopol and spends his free time hiking, traveling and cooking.
A lifelong North Bay resident, Tom Young has over 35 years experience in the Printing/Graphic Arts business. With an interest in improving his hobby vineyard, Tom took on a new challenge and received a degree in Viticulture from Santa Rosa Junior College. He currently manages vineyard operations and the day to day tasks to keep Drive Wines on the right track. Tom resides in Penngrove spending his free time traveling, gardening, hiking and biking.