Vintner, William P. (Bill) Foley II, established the Foley Wine Group in 1996, with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County. Taking its name from Bill and Carol’s two daughters, Lindsay and Courtney, Lincourt Vineyards quickly established itself as a viable, dynamic brand.
From there, Bill founded Foley Estates Vineyard and Winery, a premiere Pinot Noir and Chardonnay house located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. Highly regarded by leading wine critics and sommeliers, this Burgundian-influenced portfolio has become a flagship property in the South Central Coast.
The acquisition of Las Hermanas Vineyard, formerly known as the iconic Ashley’s Vineyard, followed thereafter. Also located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, this esteemed vineyard has provided fruit not only to the Lincourt Vineyards program, but also to critically successful wineries such as Brewer-Clifton, Samsara and Tantara.
Merus, in the Napa Valley, is Bill’s nod to his love of benchmark California Cabernet Sauvignons of merit and elegance. Considered by many to be one of the most coveted “cult Cabernets” in the United States, Merus has added breadth and depth to the FWG portfolio.
Foley Family Wines also includes Firestone Vineyard, which Bill acquired in 2007. Long considered a destination for visitors to Santa Barbara County’s wine country, Firestone produces an array of Bordeaux-influenced wines in competitively-priced categories.
By adding Three Rivers Winery to Foley Family Wines, Bill has now expanded his thoughtfully composed wine portfolio into the Pacific Northwest. Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Three Rivers Winery is recognized for producing Rieslings and Bordeaux-influenced wines.
In addition to the Santa Barbara area properties, Bill purchased Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery in Sonoma in December 2008. Under the guidance of Bill, Sebastiani Vineyards advances its record of acclaim and maintains its commitment to producing singular wines from the appellations of Sonoma County.
During the spring of 2009, Bill once again expanded his holdings with the majority purchase of Kuleto Estate, located in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley. By partnering with Pat Kuleto, a famed restaurateur, Bill strives to produce truly singular estate wines from Napa Valley.
In addition to being a passionate, adventurous vintner, Bill Foley is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Fidelity National Inc. (NYSE: FNF), number 435 on the Fortune 500 roster, and a leading provider of title insurance, specialty insurance and claims management services. FNF’s three primary operating segments include Fidelity National Title Group, one of the nation’s largest and most respected title insurance companies; Fidelity National Property and Casualty Insurance Group, a nationwide provider of specialty insurance products; and Sedgwick CMS, the leading North American provider of innovative claims and productivity management solutions.
Bill also serves as Executive Chairman of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE: FIS), number 481 on the Fortune 500 list, part of the S&P 500, and a global provider of core processing for financial institutions; card issuer and transaction processing services; mortgage loan processing, as well as mortgage-related information products and outsourcing services.
Under Bill’s leadership, FNF was selected in 2004 by Forbes as one of the 26 Best Managed Companies in the U.S. The company has repeatedly been named to Fortune’s list of America’s Most Admired Companies, Forbes’ list of America’s Best Big Companies and selected for Barron’s list of Best Companies for Investors.
An avid and accomplished golfer (Golf Digest’s Top 20 Executive Golfers in the World, 2006), Bill received his B.S. degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, where he attained the rank of Captain. He received an M.B.A. degree from Seattle University and earned his J.D. degree in 1974 from The University of Washington School of Law.
By turns hard-nosed and soft-hearted, Bill is committed to achieving an enological and viticultural portfolio that resonates not only with wine professionals’ world wide, but also with the average American consumer, who enjoys a memorable bottle of wine at the end of a long work day.