' Bending Branch Winery - Team


Robert W. Young, M.D.

Founder & Winemaker | bob@bendingbranchwinery.com
Robert W. Young, M.D., is the driving force behind the passion of Bending Branch Winery. He has championed cryomaceration and thermoflash fermentation methods, as well as the Tannat grape variety, in Texas.
Dr. Young was drawn to the beauty and legacy of wine regions in Europe, South America and the U.S. As a physician, he found the art and science of winemaking intriguing, as well as the increasing research regarding red wine’s impact on health.

He progressed from a course in viticulture and enology study to a property search in the Texas Hill Country, near where his daughter Alison was starting a family. He enrolled in the rigorous Winemaker Certification Program at UC Davis, an international leader in winemaker academics and research.

Dr. Young became a 2009 Renaud Society inductee and he is a member of The American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. A Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (KY), a Doctorate of Medicine (KY), a master’s degree in Public Health in Health Care Administration (MI) and is boarded in Preventive Medicine. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Comfort Area Foundation.


Brenda Mobley Young

Founder & Creative Director
With an eye for beauty and design, co-owner Brenda Young brings a discerning visual palate to the image of Bending Branch Winery. From seeking stylish and innovative products and artwork for the Tasting Room, offices, residences, grounds, and more, accentuating the beauty of Bending Branch is a fervent passion.

She and Bob are Kentucky natives who resettled in Comfort from Atlanta. They are the parents of Alison Young, and doting grandparents to Jackson, Chloe, and Charlie. Brenda is an avid supporter of community programs and represents the Bending Branch brand with her philanthropic work.


Alison Young

Founder & Special Projects | alison@bendingbranchwinery.com
Alison is a highly valued environmental and technical services contributor to the Bending Branch team. As the Young’s daughter she is passionate about Bending Branch as a family endeavor and its development of environmentally sound practices. Her home on the estate grounds includes the property’s 1840s cabin.

Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in Human and Natural Ecology and Psychology from Emory University and a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

Jennifer McInnis Fadel

General Manager | jennifer@bendingbranchwinery.com
Jennifer is responsible for managing the sales and the tasting room, marketing, and wine club teams.

She joined Bending Branch Winery in January 2015 from the San Antonio Express-News, where she was Food and Drink Editor of the award-winning Sunday Taste section and reported on the Texas wine industry for six years.

She is a Houston native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Texas State University in San Marcos. She serves as Chair of the Texas Hill Country Wineries Marketing Committee, and she is a member of the Culinary Taskforce for Visit San Antonio.


Susie Boswell

Wine Club Manager | susie@bendingbranchwinery.com
Susie Boswell manages all wine-club related matters and shipment of wines purchased through the online store. She keeps track of the important details to ensure members receive wine. Please be nice to her.