Bill and Mary set out to revive the original vineyard, planting the south-facing hillsides of Conn Valley near Lake Hennessey. By 1990, we had remodeled an 1881 stone dairy barn into a small winery and began producing small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Small blocks of Merlot and Petit Verdot were also added along with a second winery building which includes an underground wine cave.
“Seavey is one of the great, unheralded, under-the-radar terroirs in all of Napa Valley…Bill and Mary were visionaries with regard to what could be achieved on these dry-farmed hillside vineyards tucked away in Conn Valley, east of the Meadowood Resort.”
— Robert Parker, Jr.
All Seavey wines are wonderfully flavorful and concentrated. Our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted for classic Bordeaux-style richness, finesse and balance for cellar aging. Our Caravina Cabernet is meant for earlier drinking and offers supple tannins and youthful intense flavors. We also produce small lots of Merlot and Chardonnay.
We look forward to introducing you to our rare and extensive wine library dating back to 1990 and to our wine clubs that provide access to these wines. Bill and Mary’s commitment to creating this library for future enjoyment was unshakeable, and reflected their conviction that our wines would only improve with time.
“Our parents held back a good 25 percent of each vintage. We owe our incredible wine library to their restraint and foresight. We delight in being able to pour our visitors a beautifully aged Napa Cab that’s in its third decade and still going strong.”
— Dorie Seavey, Managing Director
Dorie is the eldest of the five children of Founders Bill and Mary Seavey, returning in 2012 to work at Seavey after spending more than thirty years in New England where she worked as a labor economist. One of her greatest enjoyments is greeting visitors in the tasting room and introducing them to the rich history of her family’s vineyard and winery.
Art has spent many years overseeing the estate’s farming and winemaking operations before stepping up to the Board. Art’s first love is the ocean, and after a stint in Ecuador farming shrimp, he became co-owner of the Monterey Abalone Company in Monterey, CA. When everything is quiet and working properly, you can find Art driving heavy machinery around the vineyard, which he loves to do.
Will can often be found at Seavey on the weekends with winery dogs Leifie and Scooter in tow. Will is dedicated to energy conservation and leads our recycling and energy efficiency improvements at the winery, when he is not attending to his patients at his private medical practice in the Sacramento area.
Jim has led Seavey’s winemaking since 2011 after stints at Robert Mondavi Winery and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars where he became inspired to focus on Bordeaux varietals. Jim combines rich knowledge of winemaking from around the world with deep technical understanding of vineyards and wine, receiving his Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis.
About Seavey, Jim says: “I delight in the rugged terraces and steep vineyards here, which provide constant opportunities to refine our cultivation methods, And in our small team’s relentless pursuit of crafting unmistakable, world-class wines.” Jim is also passionate about wine education and produces an informative and entertaining Inside Winemaking Podcast.
A native of Bordeaux, Philippe Melka grew up intrigued by the intricacies of the land around him. Arriving in Napa Valley to study wine in 1991, the region’s soil proved to be a revelation for him. For the past 15 years, Melka has served as a winemaking consultant for some of Napa’s most highly regarded properties, including Vineyard 29, Hundred Acre, Dana Estates, Gemstone Vineyard and Lail Vineyards. Melka is recognized as one of the wine industry’s leading winemakers: Robert Parker named him one of the world’s nine most important winemakers, while Food & Wine declared him “winemaker of the year” in 2005.
Luis brings a great deal of vineyard and farming experience to our team, as well as his horse Poncho and several other ranch animals. Beginning as our onsite property manager in the summer of 2017, Luis took on the additional responsibility of managing our estate vineyard as we began preparing for the 2018 harvest. At Seavey, Luis is excited about the challenge of working with our own small crew to bring out the best grapes possible from the land.
Jessica helps oversee and manage Seavey’s day-to-day operations and also is in charge of accounting, marketing, and general administration. Jessica brings a wealth of skills and background from within the wine industry including a Wine Industry Finance & Accounting Certificate from Sonoma State. She grew up in a Sonoma winemaking family, and prior to Seavey held positions at Bin to Bottle Winery and Innerstave. Her positive, can-do energy and efficiency has touched every aspect of Seavey’s operations.
Andrea, who goes by Dre, joined Seavey in early 2017 after working for three years in the cellars at Pahlmeyer and then Staglin Family Vineyards here in Napa. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our tasting room about both wine and culinary arts. Dre received a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 2002 and harbors a particular passion for wine and food pairings. After several years in the restaurant industry–where she used her “down time” to acquire a Level II Sommelier Certification–Dre ventured into the production side of winemaking. At Seavey, Dre mixes her wine appreciation skills with deep know-how about winemaking. At harvest time, don’t be surprise to find her in the tank room and barrel room with her boots on.
Julio joined Seavey in September 2018 after working for over 4 years at O’Brien Estate in Napa. Born and raised in Miami, Julio received a degree in Marketing & Management from the University of Miami and then helped run his family’s home décor business for 25 years. In 2014, he decided to follow his passion in wine and make the cross country move to Napa. He has immersed himself in the Napa lifestyle, and greatly enjoys small family wineries, making Seavey a perfect fit. When not working, Julio enjoys going wine tasting, running, hiking, reading, and spending time with his pets.
Scooter & Liefe are the official mascots and greeters of Seavey.
Scooter the silver Schnauzer is genteel, like his master, Bill Seavey. He is calm and reserved, rarely barks and always cordial to friends and strangers alike. He loves attention, often at Liefe’s expense, and can become a bit jealous if Liefe receives more love.
Liefe has classic Jack Russell terrier tendencies, meaning she has a Napoleanic complex and thinks she is bigger, stronger, and faster than she really is. She is friendly and fun-loving with all people though she loves to “tear after” animals. One of her favorite pastimes at Seavey is mixing up with the cows and the bull, as well as the coyotes — and anything else moving in the bushes.