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Wine Spectator: Bill Harlan’s 100-Year Vision

April 16, 2021

The official announcement last week that Bill Harlan would be transferring the leadership of his wine domain to his son, Will, marks a significant moment in the history of Napa Valley’s wine industry. Harlan has spent over 40 years developing his namesake winery and additional properties, along with the famed Meadowood Resort, during a time of rapid growth for the valley.

But recent years have shown that the valley faces new and difficult hurdles, from increasingly destructive wildfires to the vagaries of managing a business during a pandemic. As one of the valley’s most prominent vintners and developers, Harlan is in a unique position to both look back and look ahead.

Harlan spoke with Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth about this transition, what it means for his business and how he envisions Napa’s future.

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