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Winemaking

We use only the finest grapes and strive to make wines that will be great values at their price point. Owner Bob Delf, does the blending work on the wines, and the component wines are made by award-winning winemaker Robert Smasne at his winery in Prosser, WA.

Robert Smasne

Robert has spent his entire life in the heart of Washington Wine country and has spent the past 14 vintages crafting wines that have garnered him a reputation as a leading winemaker in Washington State. Robert was raised on a farm in the heart of Washington Wine Country, the Yakima Valley (Washington’s first AVA). It is here, fourth generation, that Robert gained an immense knowledge of farming and vineyard practices along with the life lessons of dedication and passion to his work.

Robert graduated from Washington State University and has carefully selected his experiences and opportunities along the way. Most recently Robert was winemaker for Alexandria Nicole Cellars where his award winning wines put the start up winery on the road to early success. Robert also had winemaking stints at Amavi Cellars, Pepper Bridge Winery, and Covey Run.

As a winemaker Robert’s career has been diversified and this has led him to work with many of the top winemakers in Washington State. Ultimately these experiences shaped his winemaking passion and individual style. Robert has been fortunate to work with such a diverse group of peers, a wide array of vineyards from different AVA’s and with both large-scale wineries as well as ultra-premium estate wineries. In his early winemaking years he had the opportunity to work alongside the talents of David Lake, Dave Crippen, Kerry Norton, and Flint Nelson. While at Pepper Bridge Winery and winemaker for Amavi Cellars in Walla Walla he was able to have the opportunity to work closely with an industry giant, Norm McKibben and one of Walla Walla’s premier winemakers Jean-Francios Pellet. Furthermore, this opened the door for him to work alongside and learn from the talented Christophe Baron from Cayuse. Robert also credits his close friendship with vineyard and winery owner Dave Minick as an important step in his success.

Robert currently is proprietor, winemaker, and consultant for his ROS Wine Company and passionately hand-crafts wine for his labels; Smasne Cellars, AlmaTerra, and Farm Boy wines. He also is winemaker and/or consulting winemaker for over a dozen other northwest wineries.

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