Silicon Valley Bank is banker to tech startups — and wineries

Silicon Valley Bank, the banker to startups, is also a wine connoisseur.

The Santa Clara-based bank may know tech, but it also knows a thing or two about the wine industry. Rob McMillian, the founder of the bank’s Saint Helena-based wine division, made the‘s second annual list of the top 100 most influential people in the U.S. industry.

“Just like politicians and lawyers, no one likes bankers, but wineries need capital and this bank is the leading provider of financial services to the fine wine business,” the Web site noted. “McMillian publishes reports on emerging trends and is author of the bank’s Annual State of the Wine Industry Report, which has become one of the most widely read reports of its kind.

Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division is the leading provider of financial services to wineries and vineyards in the western U.S. with over 300 winery and vineyard clients in Napa, Sonoma, California’s Central Coast, Oregon and Washington,” it said. is aimed at wine lovers and includes contributions from an array of folks whose lives touch the industry, from bartenders to wine producers.



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