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Arista Winery was founded in 2002 by Al and Janis McWilliams (seated center). From the beginning the McWilliams have firmly believed that the finest examples of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are produced in small lots. This belief has always led to an emphasis on quality over quantity and a determination to discover and develop unique vineyard sites that reflect the distinct characteristics of the Russian River Valley.  In 2012 the McWilliams’ sons Mark (standing left) and Ben (standing right) took over the family business and now run the day-to-day operations.