St. Romedius Wine was founded by my wife, Mlli, and I in Napa, CA where we are raising our three young sons, two dogs, and 6 chickens. Our family is a unique mix of two very interesting cultures, Hungarian and Punjabi. This means there are more than three languages spoken in the house and the food is never boring.
Milli and I, though both having grown up in the same East Bay city of Danville, met in 2007 while studying abroad in Florence, Italy and fell in love bonding over travel, food, and wine while exploring our way through Europe. Since before we met, Milli had been an avid cook, with a very sharp pallet and a strong interest in languages, new foods, wine, and travel. Though I grew up in a Hungarian family, exposed to wine from an early age, it wasn’t until after I experienced the pleasures of the Italian lifestyle while living in Florence, that I dedicated myself to making winemaking my career path.
Fast forward through many harvests, countless internships, a degree from UC Davis Viticulture and Enology, an Indian Wedding, a Hungarian wedding, a legal wedding (almost forgot that part), a variety of wine production positions throughout Napa Valley, and we arrive in 2015. While I was working as the assistant winemaker at Far Niente and Dolce wineries, we wanted to create something through which we could share our love of delicious wine, food, and culture. Luckily that same year a friend introduced me to the owners of the Buckeye Ranch Vineyard in Lafayette who were looking for someone to make wine out of their beautiful vineyard. Thus St. Romedius Wine was born and ever since we've been trying to make wines that are true to our beliefs and values as well as fun and delicious.
St. Romedius began his life as a son of a nobleman in Austria in the 4th century. He spent most of his time hanging out, alone, meditating in caves. After his parents died and he gave away all of his possessions, he embarked on a trip across the alps to visit a friend from his childhood, the Bishop of Trento, in Northern Italy. Along the way his horse was attacked and torn apart by a bear. Instead of killing the bear St. Romedius threw a saddle on it's back and rode him the rest of the way to Trento.
This story, aside from being pretty bad ass, is a symbol of our approach to winemaking. We feel that through our approach to winemaking we are doing the same with the amazing grapes we are lucky enough to work with. By taking a minimal intervention approach we guide the wines to bottle instead of forcing them into a specific style. But just like a bear being ridden like a horse, sometimes the wine takes a turn in a direction we weren't expecting. This allows us to try new things and gives our wines a unique, raw, rough around the edges, quality, that you don't find anymore in large commercially produced wines.
Our goal is to make one of a kind wines that taste delicious while being true to our beliefs of intervening as little as possible in the natural progression of grape to wine. We are constantly striving towards sourcing fruit that is farmed using sustainable or organic practices. In the cellar we take a minimal intervention approach, only doing things that benefit the health of the wine and not to manipulate the flavors towards a style that our vineyards are not naturally inclined to produce. We aim to make fun and unique wines at prices that make you comfortable popping that cork any day of the week and for any occasion. Some wines we make may only be made once while others are recurring every vintage. We try to provide you with wines that we are proud to produce and wines you will be proud to uncork for friends and family.