The Strategic Vineyard Move Made By Foley Family Wines

Foley Family Wines has announced the acquisition of Silverado Vineyards, which sits just north of the town of Yountville on the Silverado Trail in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley.

Silverado Vineyards was founded in 1981 by the late Diane Marie Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, and her husband, the late Ron Miller, President and CEO of Walt Disney Productions. Over the last four decades, the Miller family has established Silverado Vineyards as a leading producer of luxury wines from estate vineyards across four Napa Valley appellations. 

“As a family-owned company focused exclusively on highly-acclaimed wines from the world’s greatest vineyards, we are confident that Foley Family Wines is the right steward to lead Silverado Vineyards into the future,” said Chris Miller, owner and son of Ron and Diane Miller. “We hope that Silverado will continue to craft delicious estate wines and welcome guests to the beautiful property for another forty years.”

The 73,000-square-foot winery includes a state-of-the-art production facility and a visitors center whose tasting room and patio offer stunning north-facing views of Napa Valley. The sale also includes four of the winery’s estate vineyards, totaling nearly 300 planted acres. Estate vineyards include Silverado Vineyard (Stags Leap District AVA); Mt. George Vineyard (Coombsville AVA); Miller Ranch (Yountville AVA); and Soda Creek Ranch, also called Borreo Ranch (Napa Valley AVA). 

“It’s a gem of a winery,” said Foley Family Wines Founder and CEO Bill Foley, who established the company in 1996. “Great vineyards, great national and international reputation, and, of course, a spectacular location on the Silverado Trail in the Stags Leap District—we are delighted to bring Silverado Vineyards into the Foley Family Wines portfolio.” 

“Silverado Vineyards has enormous potential in channels where luxury wines are sold across the country as well as consumer-direct,” said Foley Family Wines President Shawn Schiffer. “We intend to enhance an already enthusiastic wine club, and to develop additional vineyard-exclusive offerings, like the critically acclaimed GEO and SOLO labels, to leverage the distinctive quality of each estate vineyard. We also plan to expand production of the core wines in the portfolio while aligning the route-to-market with our wholesaler partners.” 

Courtney Foley, Foley Family Wines second generation vintner, said Silverado Vineyards shared Foley’s commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainable farming

“The estate vineyards have all achieved California Land Stewardship Institute and Fish Friendly Farming certifications, and a full 40% of the winery is powered by solar energy,” she said. “We are eager to carry forward their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.”

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