History and Leadership

Family-Owned for Four Generation
Vineyards
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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’.” Four generations of Millers are still ‘prospecting’ for wine, making something beautiful from the land under their care.

Silverado Vineyards

Our Story

A gem in the heart of Stags Leap District, Silverado Vineyards is about to embark 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 five other storied vineyards across Napa Valley’s top AVAs: Miller Ranch in Yountville, Mt. George in Coombsville, Soda Creek/Borreo Ranch, and both Firetree and Vineburg in Carneros. The estate is comprised of over 600 acres. Forty percent of the land is preserved, and 360 acres are sustainably farmed and certified Napa Green.

Winemaker Jon Emmerich is tasked with evoking a sense of place in the estate wines produced from these contrasting and historic vineyard sites. In 2020, Jon celebrated his 30th anniversary with the winery, and his counterpart, associate winemaker Elena Franceschi celebrated her 25th anniversary. Together, they have grown Silverado Vineyards’ reputation for quality and consistency.

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

Leadership

Founders

Diane and Ron Miller

Diane and Ron Miller guided their family winery and estate for 37 years.
President

Russ Weis

Russ, an industry veteran, has been at the helm for 16 years.
Winemaker

Jon Emmerich

Jon is only the second lead winemaker in the history of Silverado Vineyards.
Associate Winemaker

Elena Franceschi

Elena celebrated her 25th anniversary with the winery in 2020.
VP of Sales

Pamela Ford

Pamela leads the national sales efforts, managing an internal team of four and two regional sales brokers.
Director of National Accounts, Retail & Western Sales

Kimberli Rogers

Kimberli manages Western sales, national accounts and chain retail.
VP of Marketing, DTC

Nora Feeley

Nora leads the winery's marketing and DTC member services teams.