Larry Maguire, Partner & President
Oakville, CA – With over 30 years of professional experience in the premium wine industry, Larry Maguire brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to his role as partner and president of Far Niente, and partner in sister wineries Dolce and Nickel & Nickel.
The California native took his first job in the wine industry with Napa Valley’s Franciscan winery in 1975. Maguire began with a short tenure in the winery’s tasting room, then moved into sales and marketing, where he learned the intricacies of the fine wine industry under the tutelage of Justin Meyer, a leader in the rebirth of the Napa Valley wine community. Maguire took over as Franciscan’s Western Field Manager in 1977, with responsibility for Northern California and eight western states, and remained in this position until 1983.
At about the same time that Maguire was honing his skills in sales and marketing management, Gil Nickel was laying the groundwork to turn Far Niente into a world-class Napa Valley wine estate. Maguire joined Nickel and his fledgling winery in 1983, charged with developing the winery’s marketing and sales strategy. In 1991, Maguire was named a partner and appointed managing director of Far Niente. In 1997 he became president and CEO of Far Niente. Maguire was named vice chairman of Far Niente and its sister wineries in 2008.
Under Maguire’s leadership, Far Niente has grown from being a small, locally known winery into a critically acclaimed luxury producer. The wines are marketed in the finest wine circles in the United States and several foreign countries. Passionate about wine, he regularly visits the great wine regions of the world, tasting in the cellars and homes of some of Europe’s most acclaimed vintners.
A graduate of St. Mary’s College of California with a degree in Economics, Maguire has also completed marketing strategy courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a former instructor of wine education at Napa Valley College; a past president and current member of the board of directors of the Oakville Winegrowers Association; a past Baille of the Napa Valley chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs; and a past member of the board of directors for the Wine Service Co-op.
Maguire and his family reside in St. Helena, CA.