Inside the World of Banshee Wines: A Journey of Growth and Passion

Nestled at the foot of the Mayacamas mountain range in Alexander Valley, Banshee Wines has found a picturesque new home. Our recent move to a spacious tasting room along CA-128 in Geyserville marks a significant milestone for Banshee, Foley Family Wines’ fastest-growing wine brand, boasting a +55% growth since last year. This beautiful setting, surrounded by estate vineyards, is a testament to our journey and commitment to crafting exceptional wines.

The Alexander Valley Journey with Winemaker Alicia Sylvester

Alicia Sylvester, the talented winemaker behind Banshee Wines, shares her deep connection with Sonoma County, a love affair that began during her tenure at Lancaster Estate under the guidance of Winemaker David Drake. “David taught me to embrace the slower pace and beauty of Sonoma County, a stark yet welcome contrast to the hustle of the Central Valley where I grew up,” says Sylvester. Her experience at Lancaster Estate, a ‘gateway’ into Alexander Valley, was a period of significant growth and inspiration, deeply influencing her wine-making philosophy at Banshee.

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Banshee’s Mission: Affordable Luxury

At the core of Banshee Wines is a mission to defy convention and produce wines that resonate with authenticity and uniqueness. Focusing primarily on cool-climate Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, we aim to craft wines characterized by balance, purity, and depth of flavor. It’s about bringing the essence of luxury wine to the table at a price point accessible to all wine lovers, not just the elite.

From Humble Beginnings to a Sonoma Staple

The story of Banshee Wines is one of humble beginnings and ambitious dreams. Founded in 2009 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood, Banshee started with eight barrels of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and a vision to create wines reflective of California’s best, yet affordable for everyone. This vision carried us to Healdsburg, where we cultivated relationships with some of Sonoma’s finest vineyards. These partnerships have been instrumental in our ability to produce wines with complexity and deliciousness akin to the most prestigious labels.

A Tasting Room Like No Other

Banshee’s first tasting room opened its doors in downtown Healdsburg in August 2013, offering a refreshing and laid-back experience unlike any other. It was an invitation to our home, to relax and enjoy our wines as if you were a part of the family. In 2023, we embraced a new chapter by relocating to Alexander Valley, where our tasting room now offers even more space for guests to enjoy our carefully crafted wines.

Our Unwavering Commitment

Today, Banshee’s offerings are stronger than ever, featuring everything from our lip-smacking Rosé and coastal Chardonnay to the robust “Mordecai” and, of course, our renowned Pinot Noir. Despite our growth and evolution, the mission of Banshee Wines remains unchanged: to craft distinctive wines that exceed expectations in every way possible.

Join us in Alexander Valley and be part of the continuing journey of Banshee Wines, where every bottle tells a story of passion, craftsmanship, and the unparalleled beauty of Sonoma County.

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