Butternut Chardonnay pairs well with Asian dishes, grilled fish and pork sausages
Led by a trio with roots that stretch from California to Tennessee and through several generations, BNA Wine Group is creating what consumers want today – great wine for a better price.
Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. and adopting our name from the city’s BNA airport moniker, our company has hands-on experience and a keen understanding of both sides of the wine business, and the capital and passion to help our wines take flight.
Fourth-generation wine and spirits distributor John Hooper sold the business his family founded in 1939, and teamed with Little Lion Wine Company founder and winemaker Tony Leonardini and industry sales veteran Gary Carr to launch BNA Wine Group.
We bring a fresh approach to the wine industry through an arm’s length perspective. This comes from being headquartered in Tennessee, while maintaining an office and a physical presence in St. Helena, Calif., where we do business and have good relationships with various vineyards and wineries.
Tony has built a solid reputation as a winemaker and works with various vineyards to source grapes and then craft our wines.
Like John, Tony also grew up in and worked his way through the industry. His first job was breaking down boxes for a nickel a piece in his family’s San Francisco wine shop. At his family’s winery just north of Oakville, Calif., Tony worked and learned the process from the crush to the bottling line. He made his first bottle of wine in 2000, and his first commercial wine in 2005 -- one barrel of Cabernet made with grapes sourced from his backyard. A year later, Tony produced the noteworthy Volunteer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, named for his other role as a St. Helena volunteer firefighter.
We take pride in creating distinctive wines notable for taste and value. We hope you’ll enjoy them.