Napa Valley AVA
Small lots of artisan wines from the finest vineyards in California
Founded in 2007 by Randal Townley Bennett and his wife Lindsay Marie Bennett, Townley Wines is a boutique winery focused on producing specialized, small lots of artisan wines from the finest vineyards in California. Whether its a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, a Chardonnay from Mendocino, a Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, or a Syrah from Santa Barbara County, the vineyards and grapes for Townley Wines are carefully selected to ensure the best varietal and terroir expression possible. To play off the ‘Townley’ name, each wine label depicts a different town from Randal and Lindsay’s travels that they find inspiring.
Randal Bennett was first introduced to the world of wine while attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. It’s close proximity to many world-class Central Coast wineries allowed for several winery visits during his time there and it wasn’t hard to fall in love the wine country lifestyle. He went on to establish a career in management consulting and while it was rewarding in many ways - financially, professionally, and especially personally, as he met his wife Lindsay through one of his projects - after 13 years, Randal was ready for a change. A trip through Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, visiting many of the great wine regions of the world intensified his passion for wine and he decided his next adventure would be learning winemaking and the wine business.
Prior to starting Townley Wines, Randal apprenticed under three great winemakers: Thomas Rivers Brown (Schrader Cellars), Mike Smith (Myriad Cellars) and Erich Bradley (Sojourn Cellars). He gained a strong grounding in top-end wine production, cellar practices and practical winemaking techniques while also learning about winegrowing in the vineyards. Randal is currently the General Manager and Assistant Winemaker at Sojourn Cellars, a top Sonoma winery, where he continues to learn both the winemaking and wine business sides of the operation.
Townley Wines became a reality in 2007, and because Randal and Lindsay still maintain their ‘day jobs,’ they have had to start small, focusing on high quality. They imagine today’s Townley Wines as a launching point toward a larger vision of a luxury winery retreat, with premium vineyards, an artisan winery facility, and a wine country estate. With continued support, they hope to achieve this great dream while sharing their wines with the wine lovers of the world.