Katie Somple has been a successful entrepreneur most of her adult life. She began her Napa Valley real estate career in 1999, and received her Broker's license in 2001. She founded St. Helena based WineryX Real Estate and Lifestyle Properties in 2003 as a specialist in wine related real estate. She coined the term 'lifestyle winery' in 2001 and is considered an expert in this niche. According to Somple a lifestyle winery consists of a winery, an estate vineyard and premium residential assets. While based in the quaint, wine-business-centric St. Helena in Napa Valley, Katie's expertise in this niche has taken her around the state.
There is no real estate agent or broker who knows more about this niche than Katie Somple, who sold her first lifestyle winery in St. Helena in 2001 for $4.1 million. She has represented winery buyers and sellers in well over $300,000,000 in transactions, offerings and offers.
Prior to her career as a professional real estate Broker in the Napa Valley Katie has launched several successful entrepreneurial ventures, including a small chain of beauty supply/hair salons in southern California, which she operated for 12 years- four of those years as an absentee owner after relocating to the Napa Valley in 1995. She is a natural entrepreneur and business leader. She honed a great deal of her business acumen and skills while working as a sales and marketing executive in the hospitality industry.
Her writing skills have accelerated her success in real estate, both in her ability to describe a property's assets and benefits, and as a writer of business and real estate articles in real estate and wine business publications. Katie is a consistent guest on local radio shows as a real estate trend expert, and was featured in the Wall Street Journal in 2014 as a winery real estate guru in the Napa Valley.
In addition to building her boutique real estate brokerage to elite status, Katie serves on several boards throughout the valley. She is past Chair (2014-2015) of the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a founding board member of Jameson Animal Rescue Rach, and an active board member of Napa Emergency Women's Services. Katie also serves on the board of ambassadors for the St. Helena Hospital Foundation. Katie's dedication to her community is evidenced by her actions.