Located way, way up atop a mountain in the Santa Cruz region south of San Francisco, Byington has a stunning view that extends all the way to the Pacific.  Well, I was told that is the case, however, on our visit it was pouring rain with so much fog that we could barely see ten feet ahead of us (this photo was not taken on that day).

Byington Winery

This winery, like others in the cooler Santa Cruz region, focuses on Pinot Noir, however, they have several other wines from sourced grapes like their Sauvignon Blanc ($24, from Monterey Country) and Cabernet (my favorite was from Paso Robles, $32).  I absolutely loved their Saigneee Rose from Pinot Noir, and it is difficult for me to find rose wines that I like.  At $18, it is a value!  This wine dry yet smooth with a lovely fruit nose.

I would love to visit again on a nice day.  The road up to this winery is treacherous so don’t taste too many wines before you have to drive back down.

Downsides? Nothing was negative about our experience.  We went first thing in the morning and were the only people there which made for a quiet visit.  I imagine it would be fun later in the afternoon on a sunny day.

Rating: 3 out of 4 – recommend


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