Technical Advisor/Project Manager
Born and raised in Napa, Jason is a fifth generation descendant of this beautiful valley. He had his start early in viticulture as his grandfather taught him how to prune grapevines and fruit trees on the family property in north Napa when he was 6 years old. From there he taught him the importance of balance in the vineyard, grafting, proper fertility, and pest and disease control. Jason’s farming roots in the Napa Valley goes back to both his great grandparents. His great grandfather, Harry Young, was the ranch manager for the To Kalon property over 100 years ago in the teens and 20’s. His other great grandfather, George Mollo, had his own piece of property in the east side of Napa where he farmed head trained Zinfandel, various fruit and nut trees, and his beloved garlic that he would sell on his roadside stand. This is the same property where his grandfather, Ernie Mollo, introduced him to agriculture.
Jason’s love of nature brought him down a path in high school to be a forester and firefighter. After receiving a degree in Horticulture and a certificate in Fire Science from Solano College, he managed nurseries for a few years, but his love of viticulture brought him back to school to obtain a degree in viticulture from Napa Valley College. Upon graduation, Jason was able to secure a position with Pat and Paul Garvey from 1997 to 2001 when he then started working exclusively for Pat Garvey at Flora Springs Winery until December 2010. Jason then acquired a position as Director of Vineyards with Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles from 2011 to 2019. Jason was very involved with Paso Robles wine industry as:
Co-Founder and Executive Committee Lead of the Paso Robles Vineyard Technical Group 2015 to 2019
Board member of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance from 2015 to 2019 and served as board chair from 2017 to 2019
Executive member of the San Luis Obispo Water Resources Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2019
Advisory Committee for WiVi Central Coast 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Jason now brings his wealth of knowledge and passion for excellence in viticulture back to the Napa Valley and Garvey Brothers VMC.
Jason lives in Napa with his wife, Dina Mande, who is also a Napa native and owns Juice Media and Dina Mande Studios.