Following their appreciation and enjoyment of fine wine, Launny and Weezie Steffens journeyed to the Napa Valley in search of a great estate they could call their own. After a persistent and thorough search throughout the Napa Valley, in 1999 they purchased the forty-acre property atop Spring Mountain that is now Vineyard 7 & 8.
Residing in New Jersey, Launny runs Spring Mountain Capital, a private investment advisory firm based in New York City, while Weezie continues to pursue her passion and studies in the fine arts and painting.
Wesley’s journey in the Napa Valley began in 2001 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. Spending nearly two years working for Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, Wesley focused on expanding upon his passion for food and wine. In 2002 Wes began as a harvest intern at Harlan Estate Winery where he gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the winemaking process. After four years as a member of the winemaking team at Harlan Estate and BOND Estates wineries, Wes’ journey then led him up Spring Mountain to Vineyard 7 & 8 where he took the reins of his family’s dream.
Surrounded by a word-class team, including Winemaker Martha McClellan, Wes’ role as the winery’s Estate Director and Associate Winemaker allows him to focus on the constant quest for not only the utmost in wine quality but also growing the awareness of the brand and providing a premiere guest experience.
After receiving her degree in Oenology and Viticulture from the Geisenheim University in Germany, Martha spent 10 years honing her craft in Germany, Australia, and the U.S. before joining Merryvale Vineyards in Napa Valley in 1995. While at Merryvale, Martha began working with Harlan Estate, which recruited her in 1997. Martha’s meticulous approach to crafting the very best wines paired with a commitment to never compromise has served her and her clients well. For over a decade Martha has and continues to serve as Winemaker for many notable wine brands including Checkerboard Vineyards, Sloan Estate, Hamel Family Wines, and her own label LEVY & McCLELLAN. Martha joined Vineyard 7 & 8 as Winemaker in 2014, bringing years of passion and expertise to the wines crafted here.
Born and raised in the Napa Valley, James earned degrees in politics and history from New York University before returning to Napa in 2003. His career started with the forming of a company focused on procuring and selling small lots of premium wines within an international network of collectors. James’ love for connecting wine lovers with fine wines continued while working with Cultivate, an online sales and consultancy services to the wine industry. While there, James worked with some of the most sought-after winery brands in the country—one of which was Vineyard 7 & 8. In 2013 James joined Vineyard 7 & 8 as Director of Sales to increase the awareness of the wines. James cultivates and maintains not only the relationships with the Vineyard 7 & 8 distributors but also oversees the creation of consumer offerings and the fulfillment of Vineyard 7 & 8 wines.
Since the spring of 2006, Pete and Silverado Farming Company have been an integral part of Vineyard 7 & 8 tasked with the management of the vineyards and assisting with the continued development of new and existing vineyards. With a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business from Fresno State University, Pete worked at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, managing all of their vineyards in Napa, southern Sonoma, and Lake counties before founding Silverado Farming Company.
With his team, Pete has managed several notable vineyards including Vineyard 29, The Napa Valley Reserve, Crocker & Star, Dana Estates, and of course Vineyard 7 & 8. Pete’s passion for the land is deep, as shown with his civic contributions serving on the boards of Napa Valley Housing and the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association.
Alissa began her career working for HBO in New York City as a banquet manager. After studying hospitality and working in the restaurant industry, she moved to the Napa Valley in 2000 and acquired a position at Thomas Keller's Michelin-rated restaurant, Bouchon, in Yountville, CA. During her seven years as Assistant General Manager, Alissa furthered her deep appreciation and love for the hospitality industry. In June 2007, Vineyard 7 & 8 welcomed Alissa as her commitment to making an experience memorable and personable is a true passion. Poised, patient and dedicated, Alissa oversees the meticulous design, planning and execution of private events at the winery.
A native of Las Vegas, Julia’s roots in the world of food and wine run deep. Upon moving to the Napa Valley, Julia accepted a position in the dining room at the French Laundry where her hard work and attention to detail earned her the beverage manager position at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc. From there, her journey into the world of wine began with an opportunity to be part of the hospitality team at Harlan and BOND Estates. After spending two years there in Oakville, she joined the team at Vineyard 7 & 8 assuming the role of Hospitality Director.
Julia’s journey helped build her foundation, and elevate her love for storytelling though wine. She welcomes guests to an experience that is about the romance of wine, the history of the land, the excitement and buildup throughout the season; the story of a given wine as written by Mother Nature.
Born on Spring Mountain, and raised here in the valley, Meg’s career in the world of hospitality started early in her life. From the front desk and reservations at Villagio Inn and Spa in her teen years, to an opportunity to join the team at Harlan Estate and BOND in Oakville, CA in 2012 where she spent nearly three years working as a key member of their administration and customer service team, Meg was taught the high level of care and attention that creates life-long friendships and business partnerships.
In 2015, Meg joined Vineyard 7 & 8 as the Hospitality and Guest Service Manager. In this role she continues to set a high standard for our guest’s experiences and her scope of joy and conviviality makes her a perfect partner with Julia on the hospitality team.
The backbone of any successful winery starts with the quality and dedication of the cellar crew. Brothers Jose and Pedro Garcia started at Vineyard 7 & 8 back in 2006 as members of the construction team, helping put the finishing touches on the winery facility. Just prior to the inaugural 2007 harvest, they assumed roles overseeing cellar operations. Jose and Pedro are an integral part of the team and their tireless efforts make the success of the winery possible.