About This Winery
Rombauer Vineyards is nestled on a quiet little hill where beautiful views of the valley floor can be seen from our terrace. The property boasts a magnificent flower garden. There is also a unique art collection for visitors to enjoy.
The vineyard was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer and sits on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley. The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside. The caves provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging wines.
Rombauer’s primary focus is the production of ultra-premium Napa Valley and Carneros varietals. Koerner Rombauer, together with winemaker Richie Allen, crafts a limited production of Carneros Chardonnay, Merlot, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Tastings last roughly 45 minutes. There are two tasting options and both are free if you are a memeber of the Rombauer Vineyards wine club.
You can choose to enjoy your tasting outside if the weather is right or in the upbeat tasting room. Take time to wander around the property after your tasting is complete. You can bring a picnic lunch with you and dine al fresco on the grounds after a tasting. What a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon in wine country!↑ Less
Winery InformationHours: Open Daily 10am – 5pm - Reservations required. Cannot accommodate parties over 6.
Fees: Classic Flight $20 | Proprietor's Flight $30 | Fee waived for wine club members
Price Range: $32 to $120 per bottle
Winery Dog: Moose
DIRECTOR OF VITICULTURE & WINEMAKING
Richie Allen was raised in Melbourne, Australia, in a leafy suburb about 40 minutes east of Australia’s famous Yarra Valley wine region.
Influenced greatly by his parents’ keen interest, Richie grew up with a greater appreciation of wine than the average young Australian male. Upon graduation from high school in 1996, Richie chose to explore his knowledge in an alternate area of interest: molecular biology. Always the model student, he graduated at the top of his class. He was not, however, convinced with the path he was laying down for himself.
Richie embarked on a four-month rock climbing holiday to the United States to clear his thoughts. It was on this adventure that fate came knocking in the form of an invitation to a day of wine tasting. Richie was so taken and inspired by the Californian wines he tasted that day that it was suddenly clear to him what he needed to do.
He promptly returned to Australia and spent the next few years engrossed in winemaking studies at Australia’s prestigious The University of Adelaide. After graduating in 2003, he set about gaining as much practical winery experience as possible from top Australian and New Zealand producers including Penfolds, Oakridge, Church Road and Vavasour.
He eventually found himself back in California, on the doorstep of Rombauer Vineyards to undertake cellar work for a single harvest. However, Richie’s enthusiasm, vast and growing knowledge, and attention to detail were keenly identified, and he was asked to continue on at Rombauer to see this potential expertly developed and nurtured. He became Assistant Winemaker in 2005, then was promoted to Head Winemaker in 2008.
Having worked his way from the ground up, Richie assumed the position of Rombauer’s Director of Viticulture and Winemaking in 2013. In this role, Richie strives to achieve consistency of style and continual improvement in viticultural and winemaking techniques by melding both traditional and modern approaches.
Away from the winery, you’re likely to find Richie pursuing his passion for photography and filmmaking. He lives in Napa with his wife, Nat, and their daughter, Violet, who is the frequent target of his lens.
This Bio is courtesy of the Rombauer Vineyards website
- Casual & Relaxed
- Dog Friendly
- Family Run
- Hip & Stylish
- Off the Beaten Path
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pinot Noir
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