Our Story

In 1961 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, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County…

Our parents Walter and Marijke moved to Santa Rosa in 1965, with two of the five children already in tow. They soon realized they had found a haven on which 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 156 acres of land overlooking the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California became known as Paradise Ranch.

A deep love of wine combined with an appreciation for the incredible region they now called home, inspired our parents to cultivate vineyards. In the first year, Sauvignon Blanc was planted followed by Chardonnay. Recognizing the quality of these estate vineyards, the 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 magnificent wine country views.

Our unique 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 from the distinctive indoor-outdoor tasting bar. The serene atmosphere is also the ideal setting to hold celebrations, and for joyful brides and grooms to exchange wedding vows. During summer months, visitors enjoy ‘Pizza in Paradise’ with hand made Pizza using local ingredients fired in our outdoor pizza oven, to pair perfectly with Paradise Ridge wines.

We lost our mother and leader Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars in early 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 beauty, art, and wine.

Come and join us in Paradise for a wine country experience unlike any other.

Rene Byck & Sonia Byck-Barwick