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In the 1960’s the estate was merely raw land without access roads or utilities. On weekends Don and his wife Anne, would hike up roughly 1,000 feet from the Silverado Trail below to picnic under the large oak tree that still stands in the vineyard in front of the winery. While sitting on their blanket enjoying a glass of wine, Don would envision harnessing the hillsides potential to cultivate world-class grapevines.
In 1978, Don’s vision came to fruition when he and his 28-year-old son David Arthur Long built a small barn and began planting grapevines. After seeing the excellent quality of the fruit growing in the vineyards David received his father’s permission to convert the small barn into his own winery, naming it David Arthur Vineyards. The winery’s inaugural release was the 1985 vintage, which coincided with the birth year of David’s daughter Laura Annalyce Long.
In 2016, David and Laura Long welcomed Paul and Teddy Bystrowski as partners in David Arthur Vineyards. Teddy is Laura’s husband and Paul is her father-in-law. Together this father-daughter and father-son team shares the responsibility of guiding the winery into the future for generations to come.
David and Laura now work side by side in the original barn, sharing the responsibility of running the day-to-day operations of the winery and vineyards. With the help of a talented team, the Long’s and Bystrowski’s are committed to continuing the family tradition of hand crafting, exceptional quality, limited production wines.
The origins of David Arthur Vineyards and the Long Family Ranch date back to when the Long family started visiting the Napa Valley in the 1950’s. Don Long, a butcher by trade owned a small grocery store in Portola Valley, near Stanford University and had long been interested in the California wine country. With a keen eye for business opportunities, Don began steadily investing in Napa Valley real estate leading to the acquisition of nearly 1,000 acres atop Pritchard Hill.
The winery and estate vineyards are located on the initial Long Family Ranch parcel Don purchased in the 1960’s.
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Region||Napa Valley, CA|
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