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Rombauer Vineyards Announces New Promotions

Richie Allen

NAPA, CA (March 16, 2021) – Rombauer Vineyards today announced the promotions of three seasoned winery employees in the Napa Valley.  

Richie Allen, Rombauer Vineyards longtime winemaker, is now Vice President, Viticulture and Winemaking. Richie joined Rombauer Vineyards in 2004.  Over the course of his nearly twenty years with the winery, starting in a harvest position, he has held successive positions as Enologist, Assistant Winemaker, Head Winemaker, Director of Winemaking and now Vice President; and is currently responsible for three winery facilities and over 700 acres of vineyards. Under his leadership, the winemaking team has consistently refined the wines stylistically while also judiciously growing the overall portfolio and vineyard holdings.   

The second promotion announced is Lynn Sletto as Vice President, Legal & Human Resources. Earlier in her career, Lynn served with the United States Coast Guard Reserves for nearly 28 years retiring from active service as a Captain.  She moved on to an Associate Attorney position with Meibeyer Law Group in St. Helena where her areas of practice included business, estate planning, real estate and land use. In her 8-year career with Rombauer Vineyards, Lynn has provided expert guidance, organization and support in all areas involving business law, regulatory compliance, and Human Resource department development. 

Lynn Sletto

In addition, Rombauer Vineyards is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Owings to Chief Operating Officer. He will also continue to fulfill his duties as Chief Financial Officer. Matthew joined the winery in 2018 and has been instrumental in the company’s growth, and overall corporate development. Matthew works closely with President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Knebel in operational leadership and strategic initiatives. 

“We have an absolutely amazing team here at Rombauer Vineyards,” said Bob Knebel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rombauer Vineyards. “I am so pleased to announce these well-deserved promotions and I thank not only these three individuals but all of our employees for their commitment and continued hard work to make Rombauer Vineyards the iconic brand that it has become,” he added.

Matthew Owings

For further information on Rombauer Vineyards, please contact Carrie Reed, Freehand PR at 707-227-9553 or [email protected]

About Rombauer Vineyards 

Rombauer Vineyards is a Napa Valley based, family-owned winery founded in 1980 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer. Dedicated to providing gracious hospitality, the Rombauer family and staff take pride in creating joyful moments for their customers across the country and at their Napa Valley and Sierra Foothills tasting rooms. Rombauer owns and sustainably farms over 700 acres of vineyards in Carneros, Atlas Peak, Stags Leap, St. Helena, Calistoga and the Sierra Foothills. Rombauer’s Chardonnays, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels and Sauvignon Blanc are beloved by wine enthusiasts around the world. www.rombauer.com

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