Round Pond Estate, owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell Family, is a 468 acre Rutherford farm and winery that specialized in the creation of pure, expressive wines, artisan food, and unforgettable experiences – all from the heart of Napa Valley. In addition to a state-of-the-art winemaking facility and 362 acres of Rutherford vineyards, the estate includes 5 acres of gardens, 12 acres of olive orchards, and one of only two olive mills in the region. The family also owns a special 10 acre vineyard in the famed Oakville bench.
Brother-Sister team, Miles MacDonnell and Ryan MacDonnell serve as owners of Round Pond Estate. “As a family we have always enjoyed sharing the day’s stories around the dinner table, with fantastic wine and homegrown food as the centerpiece,” says Ryan. “I’m so grateful to be able to share this joy and all that comes from our estate with others as well.”
Miles joined Round Pond Estate after a career in auditing with Deloitte. Originally a graduate of Southern Methodist University in psychology and economics, he returned to school in 2005, maintaining his responsibilities at the winery while pursuing his MBA at Boston College. His current role at Round Pond Estate includes heading up viticulture, wine production, and wholesale sales. “Ryan and I are incredibly lucky to live and work with our family on family land,” says Miles. “Basically, we grew up camping out in these vineyards, exploring the river, and riding four-wheelers up and down the valley. As a family, we enjoyed the farm-to-table lifestyle before it was fashionable. The philosophy is a perfect fit for our company, with its estate winery and olive mill.”
Today, Miles lives on the estate with his wife, Katie, and their children, Robbie, Maggie and Ali. Ryan and her family lives across the vineyard, and so do their parents – keeping the estate at center of the MacDonnell’s family life.
Ryan MacDonnell joined Round Pond Estate in 2003 and manages direct-to-consumer sales, marketing and the hospitality program at Round Pond Estate. She also heads up the production of olive oil and other specialty gourmet foods.
“As a family we have always enjoyed sharing the day’s stories around the dinner table, with fantastic wine and homegrown food as the centerpiece,” says Ryan. “I’m so grateful to be able to share this joy and all that comes from our estate with others as well.”
Ryan spent ten years working outside the winery at Goldman Sachs and the Hewlett Foundation before joining her family at Round Pond Estate in 2003. Her educational background includes a JD from Stanford Law School and an undergraduate degree in Political Economics from UC Berkeley. She lives in her home on the Rutherford estate with her husband, Charles Bracher, and their three children Ava, Adeline and Genevieve.
“Napa Valley has always felt like home,” Ryan says. “As children we spent summers and holidays here, roaming the vineyards and gardens. It’s a wonder to watch my own girls and their cousins grow up in this special place together.”