Thirty Seven Winery
Sonoma County region
Inspired by the cool coastal environment the Sonoma Coast
Thirty-Seven Winery was founded in 2007 by proprietors Al Brayton and Elisa Correnti in southern Sonoma County. Together, they planted the Paradise View Vineyard in 1999 and also started the wine label, Paradise View, in 2003. The duo is especially inspired by the cool coastal environment the Sonoma Coast offers and believe in using sustainably-farmed fruit for their two boutique wine labels.
Born in Sacramento and raised in Redding, Al Brayton manages his own law firm in Novato, California and is considered one of the area’s premier litigators. He earned his bachelors degree in economics from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and after serving a total of 13 years, earned a masters in finance from UCLA and a juris doctorate from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. Al had a natural expertise in business and law and he has made a very successful career for himself over the years.
While Al Brayton is certainly kept busy in his day-to-day managing the firm, he also carves out time for his other passion in life – wine. His love of winemaking began in the 1970’s when he spent time with family friend Father Tom Turnbull. With the help of Father Tom and his neighbor Nathan Fray (often called the 'father' of Stags Leap District), Al used grapes from already harvested vineyards and made his first wine. This hands-on experience instilled in him a drive to someday open a winery and make world-class wines of his own.
Al’s dream began to unfold when he planted the 100+ acre Paradise View Vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA and he began selling fruit to nearby wineries.
In 2003, with the help of Elisa Correnti, he began Paradise View Wines to showcase this special site. Al’s vision is now complete with the launch of Thirty-Seven Winery (in 2007) and his plans to build an environmentally-friendly and architecturally beautiful tasting room on the Paradise View Vineyard property. Thirty-Seven Winery takes its name from the Flower of Life, an ancient representation of the interconnectivity between all living things and the inherent balance of nature. The symbol is comprised of thirty-seven interlocking circles and it has been found in the art, temples, and manuscripts of cultures from all over the world throughout history. Al chose the icon because he and his wines are inextricably linked to the vineyard and region surrounding him.