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.