When California was controlled by Mexico, much of the North Bay was under the jurisdiction and ownership of General Mariano G. Vallejo, a towering figure in California and Sonoma's history. He was the last regional Mexican governor prior to California statehood.
Eventually settling on lush spring-fed acreage at the base of the oak-covered hills north of Sonoma, General Vallejo constructed an elegant home (now part of the Vallejo State Park) which he surrounded with orchards, vineyards and pasture land, and named it "Lachryma Montis" (Mountain Tear).
His third daughter, Natalia, was born in 1838, and after schooling she married Attila Haraszthy, the son of Colonel Agoston Haraszthy, founder of Buena Vista, California's first winery. As a gift, General Vallejo gave the couple 122 acres adjoining Lachryma Montis, and it was there they built their home in 1864, which Natalia called "Willows Wild."
Willows Wild was a family home for many years. Eventually it was restored into a restaurant called "The General's Daughter". In 2008, we took over and changed the name to ESTATE.