Boutique 45-Acre Winery in Napa Valley, California, Sells for $34 Million

The family of Ronald Wornick, food scientist, entrepreneur and art collector, has sold their boutique 45-acre winery in St. Helena, California, which includes a 6,600-square-foot main residence, for $34 million.

Wornick, who died last year at the age of 90, was best known for founding The Wornick Company, which mass-produced Meals, Ready to Eat, or MREs, for the U.S. military since 1979. He and his wife, Anita, developed the winery in 1995, according to their son, Michael Wornick.

Known as Seven Stones, the estate and winery was listed in June and went into contract in September. The sale closed in mid-November and was announced by the family on Friday.

Damian Archbold and Steven Mavromihalis of Compass represented both sides of the transaction. The buyer is “a multinational corporation with a significant U.S. presence, and this acquisition will form part of a newly established entity for their wine business,” Mr. Archbold said.

“The timeless qualities of the lovingly developed European-style residence, sculpted 45 acres, and bespoke winery, make the property among the most unique and coveted in the world,” Mr. Mavromihalis said in an emailed statement.

The winery has over 3 acres of organic vines and produces nearly 500 cases of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon under the famed winemaker Aaron Pott, according to its web site.

The estate’s European-style main residence, where Wornick’s art collection has been held, together with a guest house and other outbuildings, offer a combined 15,288 square feet of living space across six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, according to Compass.

The property, which also comes with a pool, a barn and a workshop space, is about 70 miles north of San Francisco.


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