Barbara Comstock is the founder and visionary behind Batia Vineyards. She was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Throughout her life she’s always had an eye for coming up with an idea and turning it into a successful reality. From owning a Women’s clothing store, opening a travel agency, obtaining her Real Estate License and eventually owning and running a winery; Barbara has always been a go-getter.
During these busy years Barbara was also a mother to her beautiful daughter, Elaine and wife to Byron (Tony) Comstock.
Barbara and Tony lived a wonderful life together but sadly in 2010 Tony passed away leaving Barbara with the need for a project, and that is how Batia Vineyards came to life. This passionate vision sprouted into a reality when Barbara transformed her home in Cameron Park into the Batia Vineyards Estate.
Jim Coxeter, friend of the Comstock family for over thirty years was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in Contra Costa County.
After graduation from college, at San Jose State University, with a major in Real Estate, Jim entered the Real Estate business and in a few short years subsequently co-founded a commercial real estate management /development company in 1977. Serving as president since the company’s inception, Jim’s entrepreneurial skills allowed him to nurture and grow several related businesses in the ensuing years.
For much of Jim’s business career, Jim, his wife and sons resided in Millville CA. The family’s close friends and neighbors were Barbara and Tony Comstock. Learning of Barbara’s interest in establishing a vineyard, for months, preceding 2011, Jim and Barbara would discuss her vision. Barbara, always the perpetual optimist and Jim, offering more of a cautious and pragmatic approach to entering the business. He then joined Barbara and the Batia team in 2014.
Known in the industry for his distinguished “nose and palate,” Andy Gaudy got his start in the wine industry in Napa, CA in 1991, where he learned every facet of the wine making business. He then worked to create ultra-premium wines where he honed his appreciation of the traditional wine-making style. Since 2006, Andy has headed the custom crush facitiliy for Clarksburg Wine Company.
Andy’s tireless efforts, knowledge, and experience has allowed Batia Vineyards to earn the countless awards since its first harvest. He is known in the industry for distinguished “nose and palate.”