ST. HELENA, NAPA VALLEY, Calif., March 2018 — Rombauer Vineyards has appointed Matthew Owings as Chief Financial Officer, reporting to Chief Operating Officer Bob Knebel. Owings will oversee the financial operations of the family-owned Napa Valley winery based in St. Helena, California.
“Matthew comes to us with a broad finance background that includes responsibility for long term strategic planning and corporate development as well as day-to-day financial operations,” commented Knebel. “His experience in the wine industry, the management consulting field and manufacturing, coupled with his impressive educational background, will be vital to Rombauer Vineyards as we continue our trajectory of growth and success.”
Owings joins Rombauer after nearly ten years with Jackson Family Wines where he served most recently as Vice President, Finance. At Jackson Family Wines, Owings led and managed the company’s domestic treasury operations, devised and executed strategic projects to improve long-term company performance and managed corporate development projects including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.
Prior to Jackson Family Wines, Owings worked for Bain & Company, based in San Francisco and Sydney, Australia. Earlier in his career he spent six years at Agilent Technologies in product management, strategic planning and manufacturing roles.
A native of Washington State, Owings graduated from Harvey Mudd College with an Engineering degree and holds an MBA from the Walter Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where he was first in his class and won the MBA Academic Achievement Award. He was a recipient of the 2005 Mayfield Fellowship.
Rombauer Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery founded in 1980 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer. Rombauer owns and sustainably farms 520 acres of vineyards in Carneros, Atlas Peak, St. Helena, Calistoga and the Sierra Foothills. The winery is a popular destination in Napa Valley with art-filled gardens and caves. Rombauer’s Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blanc are widely recognized as standard bearers for excellence.