Thomas Coyne was a chemical engineer who started making wine at home in 1969. His love of wine continued to grow when he moved to California in 1977. In 1989 he began making wine commercially under the Thomas Coyne label. He officially opened the Thomas Coyne Winery in 1994 in Livermore CA in the old Chateau Bellevue buildings.
Thomas Coyne loved to experiment with lesser known grapes, but typically focused on Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. He worked to produce wines that costumers loved. He used extensive barrel aging in French, Hungarian, and American Oak anywhere from sixteen to twenty-four months.
Thomas spent time as a wine judge for the Orange County Fair, Contra Costa Wine Group, and the Alameda County Fair Home Winemaking Competition. Additionally, he used his expertise to teach winemaking locally and as a guest lecturer at the college level.
Sadly, he passed away in 2015, and the winery will be shuttered when the last of his bottled wine is sold.