Paradise Ridge Winery
Byck Family

Our Story

About

Our Story

Paradise Ridge Winery was founded on passion projects and love stories. Walter Byck and Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars — wine lovers and art appreciators — saw their future in 155 acres overlooking the Russian River Valley.

Their vision manifested into a beautiful estate winery, an elegant family of wines, a curated sculpture grove, and a gathering space for their community. In 2017, a tragic firestorm enveloped the iconic estate property, but it did not diminish the family’s vision or strength.

In December 2018 Paradise Ridge Winery reopened, once again offering a gathering place where guests enjoy gracious hospitality and the beauty of Sonoma County. We are committed to sharing and growing our legacy of love and wine in our community,

Our History

Paradise Ridge Winery Timeline

1959
1959
Walter Byck meets Marijke Hoenselaars in New York City
1961
September 1961
Walter proposes to Marijke at the Hoge Veluwe Sculpture Garden in Holland
1961
November 1961
Walter marries Marijke in Nijmegen, Holland
1963
February 1963
Peter Byck is born
1964
May 1964
Carole-Anne Byck is born
1965
January 1965
Byck family moves to Sonoma County
1965
September 1965
Maria Byck is born
1967
February 1967
Rene Byck is born
1968
September 1968
Sonia Byck is born
1978
April 1978
Walter and Marijke discovered and purchased “Paradise Ranch”
1978
1978
Sauvignon Blanc Vineyards planted
1984
1984
Chardonnay Vineyards planted
1984
1984
The Byck’s become partners in Robert Stemmler Winery
1989
1989
Robert Stemmler Winery sold, planning for the winery begins
1991
1991
First Paradise Ridge Wine grapes harvested
1994
May 1994
Paradise Ridge opens its doors
1995
1995
Nagasawa Historical Exhibit completed
1996
May 1996
First art exhibit in Sculpture Grove
1998
September 1998
Dan Barwick joins the Winemaking Team
2001
2001
New winemaking building is completed
2002
2002 – 2003
Hoenselaars Vineyard replanted to Syrah and Petit Sirah
2006
January 2006
Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars passes
2006
May 2006
Sculpture grove renamed Marijke’s Grove
2007
2007
First Pinot Noir Vineyards planted
2012
2012
Art Partnership with Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation begins
2017
October 2017
Firestorm destroys 12 building on the estate
2018
2018
Nagasawa Chardonnay Vineyard expanded
2019
December 2019
Hospitality building reopens
About

Our Team

Walter Byck

Dr. Walter Byck

Founder

Marijke

Marijke Byck

Founder

Sonia

Sonia Byck – Barwick

Vice-President / Co-Owner

Rene

Rene Byck

Vice-President / Co-Owner

Jake Whitely

General Manager

Collen Patten

Director of Hospitality

Stacey Arnold – Davidson

Direct To Consumer Coordinator

Emily Shannon

Wine Club Manager

John Peterson

Tasting Room Ambassador

Kelly Lomas

Concierge