Partner & Winemaker
A gifted winemaker, Roman can be heard singing in an enviable tenor voice amid the barrels in the winery cellar – But, most of all he gives great “voice” to his wines – produced by experience that bridge wine cultures across three continents and stems from a dream of a 16-year old German boy in Rottweil located in the Black Forest region.
In pursuit of his dream, Roman began a three-year apprenticeship at the Kaiserstuhl Wine Cooperative Oberrotweil while also attending technical school. Roman traveled to the United States and worked at the Saintsbury Estate in California and then to New South Wales, Australia, at Rosemount Estate. Returning to Germany, Roth became a winemaker at WinzerkellerWiesloch near Heidelberg. He earned his Master Winemaker and Cellar Master Degree from the College for Oenology and Viticulture in Weinsberg.
In 1992 Roth became the first winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Roman established the estate’s wines’ distinctive character — European elegance combined with the typicity of Long Island terroir. Roman has dedicated himself to promoting not only the wines of Wölffer Estate, but the wines of Long Island. He has consulted with many Long Island vineyards.
Roth’s contribution to quality winemaking on Long Island was recognized at the April 2003 East End Food & Wine Awards (judged by the American Sommelier Society), where he was named "Winemaker of the Year."
Roth resides in Sag Harbor with his wife, Dushy, a physician from Australia and daughter, Indira. They are closely involved in the winery’s active social and special events calendar as well as numerous civic activities.