In 1958, Bill and Mary Byington, purchased 95 acres (0.38 km2) surrounded by redwood forests as a family retreat. In the early 1970s, a well-known Santa Cruz Mountains winemaker approached the family, wanting to lease a portion of their land for vineyards. Almost 20 years after leaving his family farm in Idaho, Bill planted eight acres (32,000 m2) of Pinot Noir on the southernmost tip of the rugged Santa Cruz Mountains terrain. Byington Vineyard & Winery was established with its vintage 1987 release.
In 2013, the Byingtons sold the winery to Benny Madsen, who has continued employing Andrew Brenkwitz as the current winemaker. Martin Hoellrigl was hired in 2014 as General Manager/COO of the winery.
In 2015 an additional Vineyard about an hour north of Sonoma has been purchased and added to the portfolio of owned vineyards. At the over 200 acre large property, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Chardonnay are planted. This quadruples Byington's wine production to over twelve thousand cases.
Byington crafts elegant and distinctive Santa Cruz Mountain appellation Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production also includes varietals from California's wine growing regions including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.
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