William Seavey was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Coronado, California. He went East to Princeton and Harvard Law School and met his wife, Mary, who was at Radcliffe. They lived in Coronado and Switzerland before moving to the Bay Area in 1968.
In 1979, they bought the present Seavey Vineyard from an old family friend. It had been a vineyard in the 1870s, although by the 1970s it was a cattle ranch. While William continued his San Francisco law practice, Mary and he set about restoring the property and replanting the former vineyard. The four Seavey sons spent high school and college vacations working at the vineyard, and the Seavey daughter and her two daughters came out from Boston to help from time to time.
Mary passed away in 2008, but Bill still lives on the property. His five children all help out with the winery in one way or another.
Arthur Seavey, General Manager, ensures the heritage of the property and winery is maintained for generations to come. He enjoys being hands-on and can be occasionally seen driving farm equipment through the vineyard as a break from his regular work at the winery. Arthur is also co-owner of the Monterey Abalone Company in Monterey, CA.
Dorie Seavey, CFO, has roots in Seavey Vineyard going back even prior to the family's purchase of the land because one of her high school teachers owned the property and would invite her and other classmates to visit. Dorie recently returned to Seavey Vineyard after spending three decades in New England working as a social scientist and raising two children.
(Photography courtesy of our friend Leonard Hatcher. Taken during a visit to Seavey Vineyard in November 2012.)