Mark McWilliams, along with his brother Ben, oversees day-to-day operations at Arista. He manages sales, marketing, and grower relations. Mark and his wife Jennifer are also busy raising their four children in Healdsburg.
Ben McWilliams, alongside his brother Mark, is responsible for running the day-to-day operations at Arista. He directly oversees all hospitality and estate activities. Ben and his wife Tatiana live in Healdsburg with their daughter, Mila, and their son, Samuel.
Matt Courtney is winemaker at Arista. Matt oversees all production and winery activities. He works hand in hand with our vineyard management team to orchestrate the time of all vineyard activities to achieve maximum potential from each of our distinct vineyard sites.
Gordon Miller is the assistant winemaker at Arista. He has over a decade of winemaking experience in Sonoma County including at Peter Michael Winery, Rochioli Winery and Marcassin Vineyards. Gordon has worked alongside Matt Courtney since 2008.
Ray is the Cellar Master at Arista. Ray joined Arista for the harvest of 2013 and quickly became an integral part of our team and has contributed significantly to our success.
Cory is our is Estate Vineyard Manager. He has almost 15 years of viticultural experience here in Northern California. If you visit us, you will most likely see Cory managing the vineyards with his trusty sidekick, Hank, a loyal Chesapeake Bay Retriever.
Carlos Flores is our estate grounds keeper. He is responsible for keeping the property in peak condition – no small task! Carlos began working for the McWilliams family in 1998, making him the most tenured member of our team.
Kim Lapides has been Arista’s A-List Concierge since 2010. Her tenure has allowed our A-List Members to enjoy seasoned and a high-level of customer service with their allocation orders, wine questions, and A-List Member events each year.
Tome Escobar, a Sonoma County native, handles National Sales for Arista Winery. Joining Arista in 2015, he manages the brand throughout the country, working alongside our distribution partners. Prior to joining Arista, he managed the wine program under the Charlie Palmer Group and has 10 years of experience in hospitality.
Tony Hauth is our Tasting Room Manager here at Arista. He came to us in 2015 after spending nearly 20 years in restaurant hospitality in Sonoma and Napa Counties. Tony is responsible for making sure our guests receive the highest quality experiences possible. Tony lives in Sonoma County with his Wife and Son.
Timothy Kaulfers is our executive chef. In addition to preparing incredible dishes for our Pavilion guests, he also oversees our organic farm and estate gardening operation. Prior to joining our team, Tim was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena California and spent three years working at Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, California.
Taylor is our Director of Events and has been with Arista Winery since 2013. From day-to-day interactions with wedding clients to overseeing large winery events, Taylor loves all aspects of her position. When she’s not busy planning the next event, you can find her exploring a new hike with her dog, Bodie.