In 1977 Sunol’s grape growing tradition was revived by the planting of 55 acres of premium grape varieties on San Francisco Water Company land. In 1984 the Awtreys obtained rights to the Sunol Valley Vineyards and also replanted Elliston’s own vineyard at the estate with three acres of Chardonnay. The original carriage house was converted into the winery, and Don Blackburn was hired as Elliston’s first winemaker. Trained in Burgundy, Don’s wines from 1985 to 1990 were classically Burgundian in style employing French Oak exclusively, barrel fermentation, “sur lie” aging, and malolactic fermentation emphasizing complexity and the unique flavors of the vineyard. Since 1992 the winery and Elliston Estates have been owned and operated by the Awtrey’s daughter Donna and her three children Mark, K.J., and David.