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.