The seeds of Purple Toad Winery were sown in 1998 when the owners, June and Allen Dossey, and their son Steven, took a trip to Napa Valley for vacation. After several days of seeing the beauty of the valley, Allen was hooked. Allen played a lot of golf, keeping a zero handicap and playing on area teams for several years. After shoulder and elbow surgeries, Allen could no longer keep playing golf due to the pain in his arm. June and Allen do not like to sit around, they prefer to keep busy. Reminiscing of their trip to Napa, they decided to plant grape vines in their former golf driving range (a long narrow field on their property). They planted 2500 vines that included Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Riesling.