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Wine Making Team


Rob Hunter - Consulting Winemaker 

Rob Hunter’s professional winemaking career began at Groth Vineyards & Winery, followed by a position as winemaker at Robert Keenan Winery, Lyeth, Markham Vineyards, Sterling Vineyards and Bennett Lane Winery. 

Rob’s quest for perfection extends into his personal life as well, where he has developed a great love for the intricacies of finished carpentry and music, two distinct arts he credits with aiding his pursuits as a winemaker. Says Rob, “My goal is to create the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. Nothing less.”


Rachel Gondouin - Assistant Winemaker -

Rachel joins the team at Bennett Lane with a BA in Enology from CSUF and prior experience overseas in Chile, as well as here in the Napa Valley.  Aside from her passion for winemaking, Rachel enjoys spending her time hiking with her dog Pearl and cooking.


Francisco Avina - Cellar Master

Francisco has been with Bennett Lane Winery for 8 years and prides himself on making sure we have on of the cleanest and most efficient cellars in the Napa Valley.