We are open to the public for Wine Experiences on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. We offer a Wine Tasting and a VIP Experience all three days, and a Wine Tour & Tasting with 3 tour times on Saturdays by reservation. (We have a limited amount of space for "walk-in" guests, so strongly recommend reservations.) With any of these experiences, guests are invited to enjoy our hiking trail or Bocce ball court. See below for more details.
Enjoy our seated Wine Tasting experience overlooking our beautifully manicured lawns, vineyard, and Monterey Bay on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (and select holidays). You will be hosted by one of our knowledgable Tasting Room Associates, who will take you through 5, 1-ounce pours of our wonderful wines. A gourmet cheese and charcuterie board is available for additional purchase if desired. While a limited number of "walk-in" seating is available, reservations are highly recommended. A limited number of space heaters are available as well. Tables may be reserved for parties of up to 8 guests. In the event of inclement weather, this experience is brought inside our Barrel Room, which opens up to our Wine Cellar. Please dress warmly in cooler months. This experience is $25 per guest and complimentary for each Wine Club Member + 3 guests.book online now
See the inner workings of our vineyard, production facility, and wine cave, as you learn the history of Byington and the Santa Cruz Mountains American Viticultural Area (AVA). Our knowledgeable tour guide will present you with a selection of three wines from our current Tasting Flight. (All mask and social distancing protocols as per Santa Cruz County are in effect.) Tours are $35 per person. Tour time is approximately 45 minutes. To participate on our tours, guests must be at least 15 years old. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour start time.book online now
Byington is now open for appointment-based, seated tastings inside our VIP Room. Accented with hardwood floors, French doors, picture windows, high-beamed ceilings, and a stone fireplace, this majestic room creates the ambiance. The VIP Room overlooks one of our Pinot Noir vineyards and the Monterey Bay. Our tasting flight is comprised of a selection of 5 wines, 1-ounce pours of each, of new and library vintages. This experience includes a gourmet cheese and charcuterie accompaniment. The seated tasting is $55/per guest + tax. Indoor tastings are limited to 75 minutes. Bookings are for 1-8 guests.book online now
Byington is now open inside for Wine Club Members’ enjoyment of bottle purchases in the Foyer. This room is accented with hardwood floors and a soaring ceiling, and overlooks the Tasting Room and provides a picture window to the Wine Cellar. The “fee” is 1/2 a bottle of wine per person to enjoy onsite or take home. Wine Club Members enjoy their member savings on bottle purchases. Seatings are for 1-4 guests (the Wine Club Member plus up to 3 guests for 4 people total). Foyer reservations are limited to 75 minutes. Wine Club Members have been provided with instructions on online booking. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information if you have not received it.book online now
Enjoy a game or two of Bocce ball. The court fills up fast. Reserve the Bocce ball court in advance for an hour’s use. (Reservations are limited to 1 hour only per group to allow for enjoyment by multiple groups/guests.)
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The Trail at Byington starts at the Tasting Room double doors. Enjoy unsurpassed views of beauty and depth of Santa Cruz Mountains. The trail descends at moderate grade through mixed woodland and chaparral, looping back. It is 2.2 miles in length (see map for shorter loop) with a 365 feet change in elevation, taking 45 to 90 minutes to complete. Trail Hours are 11 am to 4 pm when we are open to the public on Saturday & Sunday and some Holidays (and for Corporate Events Monday to Friday). Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Leashed pets are welcome on the trail. Coming soon: Hikers Pack with snacks and water. NOTE: Before embarking, ask a staff member for the Trail Map & Guide for an overview, rules of use, warnings, etc.
Leashed dogs are welcome at Byington outdoors and inside the Tasting Room. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the Wine Tour, elsewhere inside, or on the Crush Pad due to FDA restrictions. Pet owners must pick up after their dogs and prevent them from using the front lawns and Wedding Hill lawn. Leashed dogs are welcome on the Hiking Trail.
Many wineries limit guests to 21 and older. While children are allowed on the grounds at Byington, this is an adult wine experience. Children must be seated with and supervised by a parent at all times and may not disturb the adult wine tasting experience. NOTE: Due to limited space, new indoor Wine Experiences (VIP Room and Foyer) are for adults only.
We are open on the following national holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. We are CLOSED on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
See Google Maps From the Bay Area: Take Highway 17 toward Santa Cruz. Exit at Bear Creek Road. Turn left at stop sign – travel 5.5 miles. Look for Byington on left. From Santa Cruz: Take Highway 17 toward San Jose. Exit at Summit Road. Turn left. Continue on Summit Road 5.7 miles. Turn left on Bear Creek Road – travel 3 miles. Look for Byington on left.
If you are looking for a wonderful wine tasting experience and tour, I highly recommend taking the drive to Byington. I took a group of 10 people on a wine tour and Byington was, by far, the favorite of everyone. Yes, there are lots of wineries to choose from in the Santa Cruz Mountains, but if you want a great selection of wines, friendly and knowledgeable staff, a tour that is both educational and entertaining and fantastic views... Byington has it all.Concierge, Premier San Jose Hotel