Our expression from the vineyard to the bottle
Everything was flawlessly executed and surpassed our expectations… The wine was outstanding; the venue was beautiful and intimate, both inside and outside; and the ambiance lent itself to the best wedding, reception, dinner, and party in the history of mankind.
Thank you all for all your hard work in putting together what forever in our hearts will be the best day of our lives.
At the intimate Paradise Ridge tasting room in Kenwood, tasting room manager Annette McDonnell, a former chef, likes to guide visitors through a 75-minute sensory wine and food exercise with the goal of helping them relax about pairing
The view from the terrace is like a painting, layered with greens and golds, gradually blending into deeper earth tones and finally fading to hazy purple hues at the horizon.
Visitors are encouraged to wander down from the tasting room and then meander in no particular order among natural paths lined only in low fieldstones smothered with moss.
This Sliver of Sonoma Paradise delivers a dose of art, history, nature and fine wines in one stop
Paradise Ridge is a haven where locals and visitors come to savor the wonderful wines, bring their friends, and take in breathtaking views of the Russian River Valley vineyards and far beyond.
A case of Paradise Ridge wine is like winning the million dollar jackpot lottery
As lizards scamper about and red tailed hawks fly above, visitors can spend as little as 10 minutes or as much time as they like.
In 1961 when Walter Byck married Marijke Hoenselaars in Holland, little did the newlyweds know what their future would hold. Yet their courage and passion would lead them to 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, the Paradise Ridge estate is a haven where guests bring their friends to savor vineyard-designated wines and take in sweeping wine country views.
We lost our mother and leader Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars in 2006 yet our Paradise Ridge Family continues to be inspired to carry on her rich tradition of sharing the bounty of Paradise. Our strength was again tested in October of 2017 when our estate tasting room and events building, as well as our winemaking building were destroyed in the fires. Luckily our vineyards and art survived and became a source of comfort to our community. We are currently planning to rebuild the tasting room and events building and hope to reopen in the fall of 2019.
While we rebuild we hope you will visit us at our tasting room in Kenwood, we would LOVE to see you.
Rene Byck & Sonia Byck-Barwick
Siblings & Co-Owners
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Kenwood Tasting Room
Russian River Valley Estate
Santa Rosa, CA