Byington Vineyard & Winery was established by Bill Byington and his wife, Mary, with a vintage 1987 release. He purchased 95 mountainous acres surrounded by redwood forests with a view to the Monterey Bay as a family retreat in 1958. In the early 1970s, a well-known Santa Cruz Mountains winemaker approached the family, wanting to lease a portion of their land for vineyards. A keen wine collector, Bill was intrigued, and the seed for future vineyard cultivation was planted.
Bill pioneered his version of the American Dream. Raised in the American heartland on a small family farm, he left as a young man to venture to California. After serving in World War II, he enrolled in a training college where he learned the trade of heat-treating. A risk taker with an entrepreneurial spirit, Bill established Byington Steel Treating in 1950 at the age of 26 with $800 in hand.
Bill returned to his farming roots 20 years after leaving Idaho and planted 9 acres of Pinot Noir on the southernmost tip of the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains terrain. Half a century later, the Byingtons brought their vision of a successful winery and destination point to fruition. In addition to Estate-grown Pinot Noir, Byington sources other grape varietals from its Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation and others including, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Paso Robles to produce award-winning wines.
In 2013, Los Altos Vineyards purchased Byington, recognizing it as the gem of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Los Altos Vineyards invests significantly in its vineyards, wine production, facilities and grounds, and staff to provide an optimal wine experience for its wine club members and guests. In addition to updating grounds and facilities in the two years since purchase, Los Altos Vineyards created new facilities, including the Cave Patio, Block 4 Outlook, and hiking trail.
In 2014, strengthening its commitment to producing sustainable, high quality wines, Los Altos Vineyards purchased a 240-acre ranch in Alexander Valley. Part of a newly created Wine Appellation, Pine Mountain-Cloverdale Peak, there are 36 planted acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. Two-thirds of this ranch sits in Sonoma County with the upper third in Mendocino County.
I have been a long time Byington wine club member, going back to when the
Byington family first opened the winery. The wine has consistently been very
good. A large part of this is winemaker, Andrew Brenkwitz, and the dedication
of management to making good wine.