Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County
A transplant from the Carolinas, Laura has been in the Santa Barbara County wine business since 2004. Raised in a family dedicated to wine importing, distributing, and sales, she was attracted to the wine industry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after graduating moved directly to Santa Ynez.
Through many years of exploring foods from all parts of the world, Laura has developed an expertise in pairing food and wine. In 2013, she received a Masters in Business administration from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business. A substantial retail background and experience in the local wine business led her to Riverbench, where she has worked since 2007.
Rawley was born in Santa Maria and raised on the Central Coast, where he has been directly involved in agriculture since childhood. He attended California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo and double majored in Viticulture and Agriculture Business. While there, his interest in wine grape growing flourished, and he developed a love of nurturing vines.
Rawley gained experience working for private and corporate wine grape growing companies throughout the state, namely Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. Rawley enthusiastically looks forward to the opportunity to manage our vineyard, which is close to his heart, and seeing the contribution of the vineyard growing phases in the resulting wines.
Clarissa fell in love with the aromas of Pinot Noir when she started working with wine in 1995. She received a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University, and began her career as a Lab Technician at Edna Valley Vineyards. From there she moved through the roles of Research Assistant Winemaker at Byron Winery, Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Supervisor at Longoria Winery, and winemaker for Bonaccorsi Wine Company since 2006.
Clarissa is known for her elegant and sophisticated winemaking style, and for her appreciation for fruit that comes from the Santa Maria Valley. She continues to refine Riverbench wines each vintage, and adds her own unique twists to our portfolio.Return to Producers Listing »