The caliber of Rowland wines starts from Gerald Rowland’s control over all facets of the process, from vine management, his choice of winemaking products and techniques, package design and marketing the wines.
The Australian-born Rowland holds a degree from Roseworthy College, South Australia specializing in viticulture and enology, with further studies at University of California, Davis. He began his career with B Seppelts and Sons, Barrossa Valley, where he contributed his expertise for six years. His introduction to Napa Valley winemaking came in the great year of 1987 at Stags Leap Winery. This was followed by an eight-year tenure as assistant winemaker at Chappellet winery. There he developed his expertise dealing with mountainside fruit. In 1997, Rowland devoted his full time to his own venture, while also acting as consulting winemaker for other boutique wineries.
Rowland’s pursuit of quality in all aspects of winemaking led to an unexpected endeavor: inventions. Not always finding equipment to meet his high standards, Rowland designed and refined tools for winemaking. Since California winemakers have been quick to recognize the benefits of such equipment, the tools can be found in most West Coast wineries.
Winemaking and grape growing are in Gerald Rowland’s blood. In 1537, his German ancestors first put the family crest on a wine label, and brokered it throughout Europe. Rowland himself was raised in Australia’s famed wine region, the Barrossa Valley, where his father farmed grapes.
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