Tensley Wines is a family owned and operated winery focusing on vineyard designated Syrah within Santa Barbara County. Established in 1998, the first release on Tensley totaled just 100 cases. Though Tensley has grown in size, the philosophy has never changed – source the best fruit possible and let the vineyard speak for itself.
Joey Tensley, Winemaker
From a humble start as a cellar rat, Joey Tensley has worked his way up through Fess Parker, Babcock and Beckmen wineries to a position of one of the most esteemed winemakers from Santa Barbara.
Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator named two of Tensley’s 2001 Syrahs to his list of “Top Ten Wines in the World.” Food and Wine magazine named the 2006 Colson Canyon Syrah “Top Syrah in America Over $20.” Robert Parker gave the 2008 Anniversary Series Colson Canyon Syrah 99 points and Wine Spectator ranked the 2008 Colson Canyon Syrah #17 on its list of the Top 100 wines in the world.