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Mr. Bill Harlan

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Managing Partner

Phone: (707) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: w***@***.com
· Napa Valley 900 Lane
St. Helena , California 94574
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • degree , communications and public policy
    University of California at Berkeley
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Vintners | Naples Winter Wine Festival, 23 June 2015 [cached]
Deborah & Bill Harlan and Amanda & Will Harlan
Bio for H. William Harlan III While Will Harlan grew up in wine country in the Napa Valley it is only recently that he has turned his focus to wine as a lifelong path; having initially moved back to San Francisco after graduating from Duke University in 2009 to found an internet startup,
In October of 2013 he announced his new project, The Mascot, a wine made from the younger vines of Harlan Estate, BOND, and Promontory, and released its inaugural vintage: the 2008.
Living in San Francisco and splitting time working between the city and the home base of Napa Valley, Will seeks to forge relationships in a new generation of wine enthusiasts.
Who is Vintrust?, 19 Dec 2005 [cached]
, H. William Harlan
H. William HarlanAdvisory Board Member
Bill Harlan is Co-founder of Pacific Union Co., a diversified real estate firm in San Francisco.The company has a 30-year history of high quality development, with holdings in land, commercial, retail, residential, hospitality, and special/mixed use properties.
Bill is Managing Owner of Meadowood Napa Valley, a Relais & Chateaux resort in the heart of California's premium winegrowing region.The Meadowood estate, surrounded by 250 wooded acres, has 84 cottages, golf, tennis, a restaurant and a health spa.Meadowood is the host property of the Napa Valley Vintners' annual Wine Auction, widely regarded as the most prestigious wine event in America.
Bill and his wife, Deborah are proprietors of Harlan Estate, a Napa Valley hillside winegrowing estate with the commitment of creating one of California's finest red wine estates.
The Harlans live in the Napa Valley with their two children, Amanda (13) and Will (16).
Thirty years ago Bill Harlan ..., 4 Aug 2015 [cached]
Thirty years ago Bill Harlan set out to create a Californian first growth.
Over the years i've known him, Bill Harlan looks most comfortable gazing out over his vines, his hands jammed in the pockets of worn jeans, giving off a successful rancher's quiet elegance. His curling white hair, now thinning, could usually do with a trim. Ditto the short white beard that partially hides his jutting, determined chin.
Chasing a dream
A southern California native, Harlan first encountered the Napa Valley and fine wine while attending the University of California at Berkeley. A visit to the Robert Mondavi Winery in 1966, during its opening week, inspired a dream of owning one himself. Back then Harlan was still young and restless; he hitchhiked around Africa, raced motorcycles, supported himself by playing poker while living in a casino hotel and eventually co-founded Pacific Union, a real estate development firm that made him a fortune.
By the late 1970s, he was looking for vineyard land. On impulse he bought the run-down Meadowood country club in St Helena, but quickly realised the land wouldn't make quality wine. Then, in 1980, Mondavi invited Harlan on a trip to Burgundy and Bordeaux, with visits to first growths. 'I was in awe,' Harlan says. 'It gave me a different time perspective, a vision of wine as place and permanence, family and history, the heritage that is the art of wine, the expression of land.'
Harlan believes that the best vineyards are on hillsides, though Napa Valley's great wines historically came from the Oakville and Rutherford benchland on the valley floor, where Inglenook planted vines in the 19th century. He found what he wanted on the rocky, forested lower slopes of the Mayacamas mountains on the valley's western side, just above Martha's Vineyard, bought the first 16ha in 1984 from its Canadian owner and added 80ha more over the next 10 years.
1957 Bill Harlan visits Napa Valley for the first time
1966 Harlan attends opening of Robert Mondavi's winery
1987 Son Will is born; first vintage of Harlan
Is Bill Harlan trying to create another Napa Valley first growth with his new Promontory Estate? It sure looks like it. He calls the project 'maybe my most exciting since getting into the wine business'. He pursued the spectacular piece of land on a rugged ridge above Dominus Winery, south of Harlan Estate and Bond, for nearly 25 years, ever since he saw its potential on a hiking trek in 1985.
When he got a call that it was available, he snapped up 195 hectares in 2008, then added two more parcels in 2009 and 2013 to bring the total area under vine to 340ha.
H. William (Bill) Harlan is a ..., 1 Mar 2011 [cached]
H. William (Bill) Harlan is a cofounder and chairman of Pacific Union Co., a real estate development firm in San Francisco; he also owns the Meadowood resort in St. Helena, Calif., and the Harlan Estate winery.
Established in 2008 by H. William ..., 23 June 2015 [cached]
Established in 2008 by H. William Harlan, the founder of Harlan Estate & BOND, Promontory promises to be a crowning achievement in the exploration of Napa Valley terroir and the vivid expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. The inaugural release of the wine from the estate is scheduled for spring 2015, and when Bill Harlan describes this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated wine, he says it's the culmination of "a 25-year silent quest, the most exciting project since I've been in the wine business." An area pretty much passed over by the 20th century in favor of lands more easily accessible from Highway 29 or the Silverado Trail, it has a rich tradition, as the road to Sonoma runs right through it. Despite the difficulties in developing the land for modern vineyards, Harlan was drawn to the land's rugged extremes-its distinct microclimate and vast array of soil types-seeing the potential to make world-class wine where others saw mostly obstacles. With the benefit of decades of experience, Harlan believes that this diversity of terroir and exposures will ultimately yield one of the most complex blends he has overseen.
Deborah & Bill Harlan, Amanda Harlan and Will Harlan of Promontory
Deborah & Bill Harlan, Amanda Harlan and Will Harlan of Promontory
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