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2020 Featured Winery Arista

2020 Vintner Ben McWilliams

After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration, Ben volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent two years living and working in rural Honduras. The majority of his time was spent helping local coffee farmers implement sustainable coffee growing techniques as a means to add value to their products. During these two years Ben was able to hone his agricultural skills and see first-hand the power and importance of organic farming techniques which are employed in Arista Winery’s estate vineyards today.

After spending additional time in South America, Ben and his wife Tatiana chose to return to Sonoma County to establish roots of their own. Alongside his Brother Mark, Ben is responsible for running the day-to-day operations at the winery.  He oversees all hospitality and estate activities.

Ben lives in Healdsburg with his wife Tatiana and their two children Mila and Samuel.



Located on a 36-acre estate in the Middle Reach of the Russian River Valley on the famed Westside Road (just outside of Healdsburg), Arista is known for high-caliber Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay. Ben McWilliams, whose parents founded the winery, will be with us for LDV! He and his brother Mark are at the helm of the winery.

Arista was featured on the cover of Wine Spectator in 2018 (alongside Aubert Winery for the annual Pinot Noir issue). Recent vintages received 90+ ratings from WS and Robert Parker (current vintage ratings shown below). Other accolades include:

  • Named 2017 Shining Star of Chardonnay by WS
  • “… winemaker Matt Courtney … has taken this Sonoma producer to the next level” – WS
  • “Arista achieved what many wineries only hope for” – James Laube’s praise of the 2013 vintage

 Winemaker Matt Courtney was previously at Marcassin, a label by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer.


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