Castle Rock Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Laumann as Director of Winemaking with effect from January 1, 2014. A graduate of U.C. Davis, Eric has over thirty years of experience as a winemaker, including assignments with Kendall Jackson Winery, Chalone Wine Group, Golden State Vintners and Bonny Doon Vineyard. Most recently, he was the General Manager and Winemaker at Monterey Wine Company in King City California. He replaces Joe Briggs, Castle Rock’s long-time Consulting Winemaker, who has decided to retire at the end of 2013 to pursue his other interests.
"Eric Laumann has established an outstanding reputation for making excellent wines, and has been at the forefront of implementing innovative and advanced winemaking techniques,” says Castle Rock’s President, Greg Popovich. “His broad experience and passion for wine quality will be huge assets for Castle Rock as we continue our growth.”
Castle Rock is one of the top 30 wineries in the United States, producing over 500,000 cases of wine a year, and it has a long-standing reputation for making award-winning wines at affordable prices. The winery’s main focus is Pinot Noir, which it makes from several different appellations and this fast-growing varietal represents approximately 70% of the company’s sales.