Bill Byington found Byington Steel Treating in 1950, not the largest business of its kind in northern California. In 1958, Bill and his wife Mary purchased 95 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains with the intent of using it as a family retreat. In the early 1970s, a winemaker approached the family, wanting to lease part of their land for vineyards. Bill had been a wine collector and this implanted the seed for him to pursue viticulture. He planted 9 acres of Pinot Noir and Byington Vineyard & Winery was established with its inaugural release in 1987.
Three Pinot Noirs were produced in small lots in 2006: Estate Vineyard, Rancho Santa Rosa (Santa Rita Hills), and Van der Kamp Vineyard (Sonoma Mountain). The winemaker is Andrew Brenkwitz. The wines are sold online.
The stately winery is an ideal site for corporate and private events. The man-made wine cave sits 40 feet beneath the Byington Estate Vineyard and is perfect for dinner parties. The winery tasting room is open daily from 11:00 to 5:00. Private tours and tastings are available for groups by appointment. There are extensive picnic facilities on the grounds.
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