William Seavey is a native Californian, born in Los Angeles. He met his wife, Mary, when he was at Harvard Law School and she was at Radcliffe. They lived in Coronado, CA and Geneva, Switzerland before moving to the Bay Area in 1968. After 10 years of searching for the perfect Napa Valley property, they bought the present Seavey Vineyard from an old family friend in 1979. While William continued his San Francisco law practice, the family set about to restore the property and replant the vineyard. Their 4 sons spent high school and college vacations working at the vineyard, and even their daughter brought her 2 daughters from Boston to help out from time to time. Now, Bill lives on the property, and their 5 children still come to help whenever they can.