Artisanal Wines Hand Crafted to Compliment and Elevate Everything on the Table
Hand Crafted to
Compliment and Elevate
Everything on the Table
Welcome to Roger Roessler Wines.
In 2015 we celebrated 15 years of winemaking. This evolution and adventure has taken us down many roads and produced some wines that we are truly proud of along the way.
In 2016, we were ready to turn the page on yet another exciting chapter and announced that our continued journey would be under a new banner, Roger Roessler Wines. My brother and partner Richard Roessler and I have taken our message full circle and look forward to continuing the work to bring you wines of distinction, working closely with growers and winemakers to produce wines — especially high-end Pinot Noir — that express the style of wine that we enjoy drinking and sharing with family and friends.
In our shop you will find not only our Black Pine Pinot Noir, but a host of single vineyard designates that reflect our roots as well as some “passion projects” that truly inspire us.
Our other labels include Chardonnays, Roses and Rhone-style wines that showcase small-production varietals like Grenache Blanc and Carignane that we feel are perfect for pairing with foods, easy to drink and easy on your wallet.
We invite you to join us and experience these amazing wines.
— Roger Roessler, Co-founder and Vintner
Roger Roessler, Co-founder
Having spent over 40 years opening and running dozens of restaurant businesses, mostly in Durango, CO and Santa Fe, NM, Roger Roessler found himself with a natural and growing attraction to wines and winemaking. Over the years, his restaurants went through many changes, including an increased emphasis on fine wines. One of those restaurants was the historic Swiss Hotel, located on the plaza in Sonoma, and while working on that project in the 1990s, he found himself drawn to make a permanent home in the wine country. In the heart of wine country it wasn’t long before his idea of making wine became a reality, and Roessler Wine Cellars was born. During the years from 2000 to 2011, crafting single vineyard and appellation blended Pinot Noir became a new passion. And in this period, Roger began to think of a new vision and direction: create truly great value wines that expressed the characteristics of place as well as their varietal character. Now the Pinot Noir he loves so much has been joined by a handful of other unique wines.
Drew Huffine, Winemaker
Drew Huffine comes to Roessler Wine Cellars having worked with some of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producers in Northern California’s wine country. Drew says that he started his adult life as a “would-be academic” but halfway through his studies working toward a doctorate in modern poetry, he realized that a life in the cellar was calling to him much more than the stacks of half-graded student essays staring at him each Sunday. Drew left academia behind and began working in the cellar for Eric Kent wines. Since those beginnings, he’s worked in the cellars at DuMol, Kosta Browne, Auteur, Donum Estate and HD Cellars. He became the winemaker for Tuck Beckstoffer wines in 2010 and has been Roessler Wine Cellars Winemaker since 2013. Countless long days and longer nights later on two continents, he calls it the best decision of his life. Drew works hard to let the vineyard and the vintage determine what the final wine will be — he believes that crafting wines from special vineyards is more about what he doesn’t do than what he does.
Our hospitality team in our Tasting Room is never the same from day to day! We are proud to work with a dynamic team of young wine professionals in various stages of their careers in wine. Abbie Coe is our office manager and is in the office most days during the week. We look forward to serving our guests and taking them on a tour of our wines.