Winemaker, Vineyard 511
Rob Lloyd was raised in a family where wines were an integral part of each evening's meal. Little did he know that this proximity to wine would lead him one day into the profession of wine making. After graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with an Economics degree, Rob headed to the Napa Valley to work in the wine business. He first began his career as a Cellar Employee, moved into the tasting room at Cakebread, and next assumed the role of Tasting Room Manager at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
At this point, Rob decided to become a Winemaker, so his next step was to enroll in the Enology program at the University of California, Davis, where he obtained his Masters Degree in Enology in 1999. During his schooling, Rob interned at Kent Rasmussen Winery, gaining first-hand knowledge about winemaking while at Davis.
After graduating, Rob became the Enologist and then Assistant Winemaker at La Crema in Sonoma. Returning to the Napa Valley, he joined Rombauer Vineyards in 2001, as Assistant Winemaker and then as Winemaker until his resignation in mid-2008. While at Rombauer, the winery received many new accolades and awards for their wines including being named by Wine Spectator as one of the Top 100 wines in the world in 2007.
Country born: United States
Education: UC Davis Masters Degree in Enology in 1999.
Interned at Kent Rasmussen Winery, while at Davis.
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Rob is passionate about maximizing the potential of each vineyard and translating this into outstanding and unique wines.