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historical image of Silverado Vineyards co-founders Diane Disney Miller, Lillian Disney, and Ron Miller
Napa Valley Register, 1981

Founders

In 1981, Ron and Diane Miller and her mother, Lillian Disney, established Silverado Vineyards to make wines from the historic sites of their estate. For years, they had sold their fruit to neighboring wineries who were building global reputations for excellence. It was time, they decided, to create their own wines, their own expressions of the Napa Valley they loved and admired.

The winery takes its name from the historic vineyard which surrounds it. The vineyard borrowed its name from the abandoned mining town at the top of the Napa Valley. Here, over a century ago Robert Louis Stevenson stayed and wrote, “The beginning of vine planting is like the beginning of mining for precious metals: the winegrower also ‘prospects’.”

Silverado Vineyards hero image of winery on hill at dusk in Napa Valley
Silverado Vineyards

Our Story

A gem in the heart of Stags Leap District, Silverado Vineyards has embarked on its fourth decade of producing estate-grown, produced, and bottled fine wines. The third and fourth generations of the Miller family continue the founders' legacy.

Silverado Vineyard was one of the first four in Stags Leap District to plant Cabernet in the 1960s. The winery owns three other storied vineyards across Napa Valley’s top AVAs: Miller Ranch in Yountville, Mt. George in Coombsville, and Soda Creek/Borreo Ranch. The estate is comprised of over 300 acres.

On the hill, we decided, 'Okay, let's throw a little winery there.' Well, it's not a little winery any longer."
Ron Miller, Co-Founder