Bill Harlan

CATEGORY: Entrepreneurs
COMPANY: Harlan Estate, Meadowood Resorts, BOND Estates
INDUSTRY: Wine and Hospitality

WHAT MAKES HIM HAUTE: He is one of the most respected men in Napa Valley. The former real estate developer came to Napa Valley in search of the ideal land to create a world-class wine, and discovered Meadowood, which was founded in 1964 as a private club. While it wasn’t what he was looking for in a winery, he saw potential for the property to become a center for life in Napa Valley, which he created. He continued his quest for the perfect plot for his winery and found it in a hillside estate in Oakville, now home to Harlan Estate, which has never produced more than 2,000 cases in a year, making it a cult classic. His latest venture, BOND Estates, is a portfolio of wines from various vineyard sites across Napa Valley that represent the very best of Napa Valley, as does Harlan himself.

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