The perfect combination of romance, family values, and rich European tradition inspired the dream of Paradise Ridge Winery, which graces a hillside over Santa Rosa, California. When Walter Byck married Marijke Hoenselaars in Holland in 1961, little did they realize that together they would build a wine estate in the heart of the world’s finest grape growing region, Sonoma County.
Walter and Marijke moved to Santa Rosa in 1965 and realized they had found a haven to raise their growing family. In 1978, after more than a year of searching for a ranch where their five children could camp, hike and fish, Walter came home one night, rain dripping from his coat and said, “Marijke, children … I have seen Paradise!” Thereafter, the 156 acres of land overlooking the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California became known as Paradise Ranch.
Their love of wine, combined with a growing alliance with the incredible region they now called home, inspired Walter and Marijke to start their own vineyards. Within the first year of owning Paradise Ranch, Sauvignon Blanc had been planted. Chardonnay was planted from 1985 to 1986 making a total of seventeen acres of these two Varietals. Recognizing the outstanding quality of estate vineyards the Bycks were encouraged to start their own winery.
After five years of planning, the dream of Paradise Ridge Winery became a reality. Opened in May of 1994, Paradise Ridge Winery has become a haven where guests can come to savor the wonderful wines, bring their friends and take in the magnificent views.
Its unique California design welcomes visitors with a European styled courtyard, leaf shaped deck, expansive verandas and a terra cotta terrace. Guests also can enjoy breathtaking views of the vineyards, the Russian River Valley from the distinctive indoor -outdoor tasting bar. The beautiful and serene atmosphere is also the perfect setting for special events and for joyful brides & grooms to exchange their wedding vows.
In 2001, following 10 years of making wines, Paradise Ridge Winery completed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Situated in the heart of the estate it was carefully designed to be as beautiful on the outside as on the inside and is currently in full use.
Paradise Ridge lost its founder and leader Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars in early 2006. The Paradise Ridge Family, including son Rene and daughter Sonia, along with General Manager Denise Stuart, carry on the rich tradition and dedication to quality, which make Paradise Ridge such an extraordinary place.
Guests are welcomed daily from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for tasting and sales. By special arrangement ‘Paradise’ also invites groups for a unique tasting experience. In the summer, on Wednesday evenings, visitors are invited to “Wines & Sunsets” where they can bring a picnic and enjoy Paradise Ridge wines while admiring the stunning views as the sun sets over “Paradise”.