Elliston VineyardsTucked away in the hills of Sunol is Elliston Vineyards.
Tucked away in the hills of Sunol is Elliston Vineyards.The property – with its historic stone mansion, lush grounds, and secluded Terrace Room offers a unique and picturesque atmosphere that is sure to provide an enjoyable and memorable experience for any occasion.
We encourage you to visit Elliston, tour the estate, taste the wines, and enjoy your time at this old-world property.
HISTORY OF ELLISTON VINEYARDS
The Elliston Vineyards estate was built by Henry Hiram Ellis. Henry arrived in California in July 1849 at the age of twenty, in hopes of striking it rich during the Gold Rush. After 4 years, Henry had “made good” and sailed back to his home state of Maine to marry his love, Elizabeth Capen.
Soon after in 1853, they set sail for San Francisco, a rough, unruly and lawless city. He then became captain and owner of a riverboat, a Pacific trading vessel, and a laborer at odd jobs in San Francisco. He later became active in the local vigilante committees, eventually becoming a policeman, then Chief of Detectives. In 1875, Henry became the last elected Chief of Police in San Francisco, serving from 1875-1877. Ellis Street in San Francisco was named after Henry Hiram Ellis for his years of service.
The last few years of Captain Ellis’ life was spent quietly working on his memoirs and managing his estate. He died on December 15th in 1920 at the age of 91.
Today Elliston is on the National Register of Historic places.