Nestled in the hills of Sunol, surrounded by vineyards and gardens, is Elliston Vineyards. Built in 1890, Elliston was originally the summer home for Captain Henry Ellis, the Chief of Police in San Francisco. They began planting vineyards, and started to make their own wine. After changing owners throughout the years, the Elliston Estate was finally purchased by Ramon and Amy Awtrey in 1969. Professors and antique collectors, they carefully restored Elliston with period pieces, and refurbished the mansion to it’s original glory. The Awtrey’s lived in the Elliston Mansion, and in 1982, they began hosting special events and weddings at Elliston. Today Elliston Vineyards is a thriving winery and event space. The Awtrey’s daughter Donna now runs the business with the help of her sons, Mark and David. The original carriage house now serves as an elegant room for weddings and special events. The Elliston Mansion and property is open to visitors and wine tasting on the weekends.