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Byron Vineyard & Winery

Byron Vineyard & Winery Byron Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1984 by winemaker Ken Brown. With years of experience as a winemaker in Santa Barbara County, Ken recognized the region's potential for great wines in the Burgundian style, and was the first winemaker to introduce Rhone-style grape varieties to the area. The first crush at Byron Vineyard & Winery produced 7,600 cases, and Byron soon gained national recognition for high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1990, the Robert Mondavi family purchased Byron, and Ken Brown became Winemaker and General Manager. He and Tim Mondavi, Robert's son, set about designing the new Byron Winery as an expression of their shared belief in natural farming, experimental viticulture and gentle grape handling. They wanted to eliminate pumping, which shears grape stems, skin and seeds, allows tannins and other harsh elements into the juice and can make wine bitter. With the aid of noted architect R. Scott Johnson, who designed the Opus One winery in Napa Valley and San Francisco's Transamerica building, Ken designed a multi-level winery that replaces pumping with gravity flow, resulting in more complex, dynamic wines. The result is a remarkably smooth wine. Byron's vineyards were expanded and replanted as Ken Brown experimented with trellising systems, new rootstocks and clones, row orientation, and planting density in his quest for the perfect grape.


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2367 Alamo Pintado Avenue, Los Olivos, CA, US, 93441 Email:
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Fax: 805-938-1581
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  Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
Chardonnay vines bear small, round, greenish-gold fruit. While the vines are extremely adaptable to different growing conditions, they produce the best wines when grown in a cool, foggy climate on lean soil. Byron's growing regions produce excellent Chardonnay: vibrant, bright, and aromatic, with a complex fragrance and a luscious creaminess.
  Io, Rhone-style Blend
As elegant as the mythological princess who this wine is named for- Io is a graceful combination of Syrah, Mourvédre and Grenache from three highly regarded Santa Barbara County vineyards. The wine is beautifully concentrated and well balanced with aromas of blackberry, dark plum, blueberry and white and black pepper accented by cedar, nutmeg and allspice. Highly concentrated with rich flavors of plums, black current and mineral that continue on through its opulent, resonating finish.
  Pinot Blanc
While much of the Pinot Blanc in California is planted to a related grape variety, Byron's vineyards consist solely of the true Pinot Blanc clone. Grown on 25-year-old vines that were grafted to Pinot Blanc in 1991, this noble variety flourishes in our cool, often foggy, coastal valley. With genetic links to Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc—when made with care—is a distinctly aromatic, richly textured white wine.
  Pinot Noir, Monument Hill
An ancient varietal with its roots in eastern France, Pinot Noir is a red grape that is highly expressive of its terroir. The long growing season of the Santa Maria Valley allows Pinot Noir grapes to develop slowly and to their fullest, most deliciously intense flavors. Byron Pinot Noir has undertones of cherry and plum with depth and velvetiness from maturing in oak.


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