Lyeth was one of the first wineries in California to pursue the unique complexity acheived by the marriage of Cabernet Sauvignon with other varities, known as Meritage.
In 1981, Chip Lyeth founded the Lyeth Estate on his ranch in Sonoma County. He was inspired to create delicious and unique blended wines after a family trip to Bordeaux, France in the late 1970s. During his visit, Chip watched generations of people working in the vineyards and tending the vines together. He discovered that the people were proud of what they accomplished by working with the winery and Chateau to create a unique and special wine.