Tom and Nancy Seaver
At some point in the middle of his Hall of Fame baseball career, Tom Seaver’s brother-in-law asked him what he was going to do after he retired from baseball. Immediately, and without a second thought, Tom answered, “I’m going back to California to raise grapes”. Tom was born and raised in Fresno, California, his father was in the raisin business, and Tom had long been a collector of wine but the answer surprised even him. Fast forward to 1998, when Tom and Nancy stumble upon 116 acres on Diamond Mountain in Calistoga and that prescient moment becomes manifest.
From the beginning Tom took a hands-on approach to his vineyard and could be found everyday working the land or tending to his vines always with his clippers on his belt and his 3 faithful Labradors close behind. Jim Barbour, Seaver Vineyards vineyard manager, often joked that since Tom did just as much work in the vineyard as the Barbour Vineyards guys maybe Jim should have put him on the payroll! Fascinated by the characteristics in his fruit that come not only from their location on Diamond Mountain but from the changes each year and each growing season, Tom found immense satisfaction in being lucky enough to tend to his vines daily.
Tom passed away on August 31, 2020 at the age of 75. He leaves behind a rich legacy not only in baseball but in his family and the wines he so lovingly made.
Nancy Seaver is the other half of the Seaver Vineyards partnership and, after 50 years of marriage, is confident in saying she’s the brains behind the operation! Often wearing all the administrative hats Seaver Vineyards has called for, Nancy built the sales and marketing of Seaver Vineyards from the ground up. Also an accomplished gardener in her own right, raising grapes is a natural fit for Nancy and she can often be found in her beautiful terraced gardens or in the vineyard with clippers in hand.