History Seven Stones Winery
Seven Stones winery is a 45-acre winery estate in St. Helena, nestled in the hills just above the Meadowood Resort. We originally purchased the undeveloped plot as a family estate, planting a single acre of Cabernet Sauvignon in 1996 and building a jewel-box winery with recreational family winemaking in mind.
Over time, it became evident that the property, surrounded by some of Napa’s most prized vineyards, possessed the well-drained, rocky, volcanic soils that could produce world-class wine. Aaron Pott was hired as winemaker, while the Pinã Vineyard Management was hired to tend the vines. Our inaugural release, the 2005 Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon, received high critical praise and sold out quickly, coaxing us to add a few more Lilliputian vineyard blocks and upgrade the winery so that we could coax the highest possible quality out of our exceptional “terroir.” In 2014, we brought on Michael McMillan as our General Manager. With just over 3 acres of certified organically farmed vines planted, we intend to remain a small, estate winery, with no more than 500 cases produced each year. We are proud to share the results with you.
Ron & Anita Wornick Owners
Ronald C. Wornick (1932-2021) was best known for founding The Wornick Company, which produced Meals Ready to Eat (MREs,) a next-generation version of C-Rations, for the U.S. Military and revolutionized food options to servicemen in the field. Together with his wife, Anita, they began actively collecting master artisan pieces in the 1980s made from wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and metal, creating one of the premier contemporary craft collections in the world. Among the Wornicks’ various philanthropic activities are “quality of life” causes supported through The Wornick Family Foundation, as well as the Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, based in Foster City, California, the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and UCSF Medical Research.
The Wornick Family
The most recent photo of the entire Wornick family just before the passing of our father and Seven Stones founder, Ronald C. Wornick, on the occasion of his 89th birthday. Ron deeply loved his wife, three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He left them with a legacy of the Seven Stones estate which they all respect and cherish and intend to safeguard in the years ahead.
Michael McMillan General Manager
As a previous chef and restaurant owner, Michael McMillan brings extensive knowledge of wine, Napa and hospitality to Seven Stones. Through multiple trips to the Napa Valley as a restaurant owner prior to locating here in 2011, Michael has experienced the wine industry from the side of the consumer, the retailer and the insider. He is our main point of contact for both the new and long time supporters of our endeavor and handles all the day to day non-winemaking aspects of Seven Stones.
Aaron Pott Winemaker
Aaron's first encounter with wine occurred at the tender age of 9 while on a family vacation to Paris. Requesting milk from a Parisian waiter, the server sneered, "Meelk ees for babies" and promptly returned with a glass of wine instead.
As a teenager, Aaron began conducting fermentation experiments in his parents' garage. This led to him to earn a Fermentation Science Degree at the University of California, Davis, and then a degree in Viticulture from the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. In 1990, he became assistant winemaker for John Kongsgaard at Newton in Napa Valley. Influenced by internationally-acclaimed wine consultant Michel Rolland, Aaron moved to Bordeaux in 1993, where he was winemaker at both Château Troplong Mondot and Château La Tour Figeac in St. Emilion until 1998. Upon returning back to the States, Aaron worked at Quintessa and St. Clement before striking out on his own.
While Aaron currently consults for several high-end wineries around the world, he is the exclusive day-to-day winemaker at Seven Stones. Aaron, along with his wife, Claire, also makes wines under his own Pott label. In 2012, Food and Wine Magazine named Aaron one of their “Winemakers of the Year."
Piña Vineyard Management
The Piña’s namesake company was founded in 1960 by John Piña Jr., who ran the business from one pickup truck and a telephone in his kitchen. Over the ensuing half century, Piña Vineyard Management has developed and cared for some of the finest vineyards in the Napa Valley, including Kapcsandy, Blankiet, Pahlmeyer and Gemstone. John’s son, Davie, now manages the family business, which has grown to over 200 employees.