The gem of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Byington Vineyard & Winery sits on 95 mountainous acres surrounded by redwood forests with a view to the Monterey Bay. Byington produces award-winning Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay wines and other exciting varietals that highlight the diversity of Northern California.
The winery is focused on growing and producing premium wines, farmed sustainably using biodynamic growing methods. The wines are handcrafted with focus on natural fermentation methods from handpicked grapes.
Our high quality, small production wines come from our Estate vineyards: 8 acres of premium Byington Estate Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains and 36 acres of ultra premium Tin Cross Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot from Alexander Valley. We purchase additional varietals from select vineyards for an expansive array of wines.
Byington’s history dates back to before 1987 with the release of its first vintage. In 2013, Los Altos Vineyards purchased Byington, investing significantly in the vineyard, wine production, and facilities and grounds to provide an optimal wine experience for wine club members and guests. New facilities include solar power production, the Cave Patio, Block 4 Outlook, and hiking trail.
In 2014, strengthening its commitment to producing sustainable, high quality wines, Los Altos Vineyards purchased Tin Cross Vineyards, a 240-acre ranch in Alexander Valley with 36 planted acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. In 2017, Los Altos Vineyards opened the Los Altos Tasting Room; in summer 2022 we moved to a new location with a new concept: MADSEN. Enjoy fine art, wine + receptions and fine accessories.
Phil’s passion for wine started as a teenager when he spent three years in the north of Italy. The central role that wine played on the Italian dinner table impressed Phil and demonstrated the cultural importance of winemaking. After majoring in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College in 2012, he started his career in the industry in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Phil went on to hone his craft in cellars across the world, from South America to Europe with several stops in New Zealand and Australia. His practical experience is backed up by a 2019 Postgraduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand. As Lead Winemaker, Phil works with Byington’s world-class vineyards to craft wines of distinctive elegance and grace. See More.
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.