Mark & Jenny Blatty, Proprietors
Mark and Jenny founded Byron Blatty Wines in 2014, after a visit to Napa Valley. Inspired by the story of Napa’s original vintners, who challenged the French with their determination to create world-class wines in a previously unproven region, the Blattys had only one rule that would guide them on their endeavor to start a commercial winery: The wines had to be from their hometown of Los Angeles. Initially they intended to plant a small vineyard on their hillside property, but soon realized that the space was not large enough, nor was it right for the varietals they had in mind. Undeterred, they began to search for vineyards in LA County from which to source their grapes. Despite the area's rich wine history, established vineyards in LA are few and far between, and it took the couple nearly a year to discover just the right sites, tucked away in the far corners of the county.
In addition to being vintners, the Blattys also have careers in television. Mark is a Los Angeles native, and Jenny relocated from Chicago in 2001. Their first child, Oliver Byron Blatty, was born in January 2017.
Steve Lemley & Nate Hasper, Winemakers
Steve Lemley and Nate Hasper are the winemakers for Byron Blatty Wines. With more than thirty-five years of combined winemaking experience, as well as formal training at UC Davis, the pair melds a deep knowledge of modern techniques with the finesse and feel one only acquires through firsthand experience with multiple vintages. With an almost fanatical approach, they work hand in hand with our growers and in the winery to push the fruit to the absolute limits for maximum flavor and color extraction, while retaining each varietal’s nuances and subtleties. The result is bold, powerfully styled wines that stand out from the crowd.
Joey Perry, Operations Manager / Assistant Winemaker
Joey Perry became Byron Blatty's assistant winemaker for the 2015 vintage—his third overall—and he manages all winery operations for Lemley and Hasper. The SoCal native got his MBA from the University of Laverne and had his sights set on a career on Wall Street before a wine course at College of the Canyons in Valencia altered his path. Perry decided the trading life was not going to be for him and instead immersed himself in wine, going to work full time for Lemley and Hasper after graduation. He married his wife, Kristine, in 2015 and lives in Santa Clarita. In February 2019 they gave birth to their first child, a beautiful baby girl; Aurora Rose.
Dan “Goalie” Nisenbaum, Assistant Winemaker
When we first embarked on this mission, and our first harvest, Goalie was right there with us. Working in the winery he handled a number of the essential tasks and responsibilities like driving the forklift, doing punch-downs on fermenting must, racking barrels etc. Over time Goalie's role in our program has also expanded, and he now participates in evaluation of barrels, our blending trials, and many other critical elements that help make our wines a reality. So while he’s not a new member to the team, he might be a new face to anyone who hasn’t spent time with us in the winery. So without further ado, meet Goalie, our Assistant Winemaker.