Roy and Maura Chapin
He grew up fishing and hunting quail in Florida, and then traveling remote regions of Asia—where he launched a successful mobile gaming business that developed projects for the motion picture industry. The outdoorsman and traveler now makes his home at 4 Winds, managing the development of the 111- acre estate purchased by his mother in the 1990s. “Returning to California put my bearings where I needed to be, with family and friends.” He works closely with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown to establish new vineyard blocks at 4 Winds for future estate-grown vintages. And since moving to Napa, Roy has earned an advanced degree in viticulture studies, enrolled in a goat “academy” in Oregon to learn more about raising livestock, and he’s overseen the creation of firebreaks and other fire prevention efforts at the estate. His deep-dive studies and holistic farming approaches are based on cultivating and caring for the estate’s natural assets and ecosystem.
From raising egg-laying hens to gardening, assisting in day-to-day operations and helping with the management of the herd of grazing goats and four working dogs, Maura is at home on the vineyard. She moved to Napa a few years ago from Boulder, Colorado after she and Roy reconnected in recent years— they had first met during college classes in Santa Cruz in the 1990s. A serial entrepreneur, Maura brings her experience from the fields of construction, technology and real estate. She’s passionate about music, travel, anything tech, healthy foods and sharing wine, and she first learned about wine from her mother and from exploring the wine regions as a child when her family lived in Bordeaux. In partnership with Roy, Maura is continuously learning about this special landscape, the vineyard and farming practices, and she’s joined him in training for wildland firefighting certification. “We’re stewards of this land,” she says. “It’s our lifestyle.”