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Our Story

In 1961 when Walter Byck married Marijke Hoenselaars in Holland, little did the newlyweds know that together they would discover and build a wine estate in the heart of the world’s finest grape growing region, the Russian River Valley.

Walter and Marijke moved to Santa Rosa in 1965, with two of their five children already in tow. They soon realized they had found a haven to raise their growing family. In 1978, after more than a year of searching for a family property, Walter came home and said, “Marijke, children, I have seen Paradise!” Thereafter, the 155 acres overlooking the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California became known as Paradise Ranch.

With a love of wine, combined with an appreciation for the incredible region they now called home, our parents were inspired to cultivate vineyards. In the first year, Sauvignon Blanc was planted followed by Chardonnay. Recognizing the quality of these vineyards, our family was encouraged to start their own winery. After five years of planning, the dream of Paradise Ridge became a reality. Opened in May of 1994, Paradise Ridge is a haven where guests bring their friends, savor vineyard-designated wines and take in sweeping wine country views.

Our California-style tasting room was designed to complement the beauty of the surrounding nature. Visitors are welcomed by a European styled courtyard and expansive verandas. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the vineyards, the Russian River Valley, and the two-story High LOVE sculpture. The serene atmosphere is the ideal setting for celebrations, and for joyful brides and grooms to exchange their wedding vows. On Saturdays during summer months, visitors enjoy ‘Pizza in Paradise’ crafted by local non-profit Worth our Weight, to pair perfectly with Paradise Ridge wines.

We lost our mother and leader Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars in 2006. Since then our Paradise Ridge Family, including a team of dedicated employees, are continuously inspired to carry on her rich tradition of sharing the bounty of Paradise — its wine, beauty and art.

We hope you will come and join us in Paradise for a wine country experience unlike any other.

Rene Byck & Sonia Byck-Barwick
Siblings & Co-Owners