Butch Lindley is a veteran Monterey County grape grower. Butch opened J&L Farms with his business partner Phil Johnson, and the two then went on to start the Lockwood Vineyards winery in 1989 with Paul Toeppen. After operating the Lockwood for more than 20 years, they sold the label and leased the winery.

Today J&L Farms is focused on just grape production south of King City.

Along with his partners at Lockwood, Butch founded Coastal Wine Services, which handles storage and shipping of wine and other beverages. The firm’s clients include 25 wineries and stores, and upward of 300,000 cases of wine.

Butch graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in agronomy. After service in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam, Butch worked as an agronomist for several years before he began work in row crops and later in vineyards.

Butch is a former Monterey County Supervisor and a past recipient of the Salinas Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Leadership “Man of the Year” Award