In 1978, Pat Garvey traded his Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Santa Clara for a tractor - and the opportunity to launch a world-class Napa Valley winery with his wife, Julie Garvey, and his brother-in-law John Komes. As Vineyard Director for all of Flora Springs' vineyards since its inception, Pat has not only taken the responsibility to remain an innovator with meticulous farming practices to create world-class wines; he has done so with the overarching premise of stewardship and family values: all of Flora Springs' vineyards are 100% sustainable.
Today, grapes grown in the 10 distinct Napa Valley vineyards owned by the Flora Springs family are in high demand, with approximately 80% of these grapes selling to other top wineries. "With 10 different vineyards in six appellations, the ability to develop character in the grapes through careful rootstock selection, clones and vineyard practices, and a dedicated, consistent staff over the past several years, our grapes receive the kind of attention and consistency that can't be duplicated," he adds.
Third generation family member, Sean Garvey, has worked his whole life at Flora Springs, filling a variety of roles. Now, as Vineyard Manager, he feels he has come full circle. Sean recalls, "I still remember tagging along behind my dad when I was a child, helping him with the vineyard chores." For Sean, stepping into the shoes his father once occupied felt instantly right. "I'm not a 'sit-behind-a-desk-for-8-hours kind of guy'. I love going out into the vineyards, getting to know the crew and coming to understand the individual personality and needs of our vines. I've always had an affinity for the land and a connection to the soul of this place." Sean believes he inherits this sensibility from his grandmother, Flora. He explains that in Hawaii, where she is from, people are naturally connected to their landscape; when they give directions, it's never east or west, instead, they'll say, 'Drive towards Diamond Head Peak, or turn towards the ocean!' "