At Castle Rock we are proud of the many long-term relationships we have built over the years with our grape growers. Meet two of these indispensable men: Vic Roberts of Paso Robles and Greg Powers of Columbia Valley, Washington:
|Vic Roberts is the owner and winemaker at Victor Hugo Vineyards and Winery in Templeton, the heart of California’s Paso Robles wine country. His dream of owning his own vineyard and winery took its first step in 1985 when he planted 15 acres on his property. The planted total now stands at 78 acres, with the winery located in a picturesque, recently renovated 100 year old barn.
Vic’s relationship with Castle Rock Winery started over 10 years ago when he began making Castle Rock’s Barrel Fermented Central Coast Chardonnay from fruit grown in his own vineyards, working side by side with Castle Rock’s winemaker Joe Briggs. In recent years he’s also acted as Castle Rock’s consultant in the Central Coast region, assisting with vineyard selection and winemaking for Castle Rock’s Central Coast Pinot Noir.
At Castle Rock we are proud of our association with Vic, a truly professional and innovative grower/winemaker and a good friend of our business.
|Greg Powers is the joint owner and winemaker at Badger Mountain Winery, located in Kennewick, WA (Washington State’s Columbia Valley). Greg learned the wine business literally from the ground up. In his late teens, Greg helped his father plant their 80-acre family estate, Badger Mountain Vineyard, and later, as Vineyard Manager from 1982 to 1990, Greg took an active role in the development of the vineyard. To his credit, Greg transitioned the winery from conventional farming to organic farming. Eventually he assumed the role of full time winemaker.
Under Greg’s leadership, Powers was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Wine Spectator and as one of the “50 Great U.S. Cabernet Producers” by Wine Enthusiast.
With an eye towards constantly improving quality, both in the vineyard and the winery, Greg continues his quest to learn by taking professional development courses from the famed University of California at Davis. He lives in Kennewick, Washington with his wife and three children.
Greg has made Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for Castle Rock since 2000, and in recent years he has been working closely with Joe Briggs to make Castle Rock’s Columbia Valley Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay.
Castle Rock is proud to work with such a dedicated winemaker and environmentally mindful farmer.