Richie Allen - I Rombauer Vineyards I Napa Valley

Richie Allen

Though he grew up near one of the most famous wine regions of Australia, it was an afternoon spent tasting wine in California that provided Richie’s “aha” moment, steering him into a career in wine. After graduating from the University of Adelaide and gaining practical experience making wine in Australia and New Zealand, Richie returned to California in 2004 to take up a harvest position at Rombauer. Recognizing his talent and drive, we hired Richie full-time. He subsequently worked his way up from enologist to assistant winemaker to head winemaker, and he was named Director of Viticulture and Winemaking in 2013.  In 2021, Richie was promoted to Vice President, Viticulture and Winemaking.