Winemaster Richard Arrowood
Born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, California, Richard started his winemaking career in 1965 at Korbel Champagne Cellars, after earning a degree in organic chemistry at California State University, Sacramento and completing graduate work in enology at California State University, Fresno. From Korbel he moved on, first to United Vintners, the Sonoma Vineyards, and in 1974 was chosen by the founders of Chateau St. Jean Winery to become the first employee as Winemaster, and eventually, executive vice president. Chateau St. Jean wines quickly received critical acclaim and Richard gained a worldwide reputation for producing superb wines,
In April, 1990, after sixteen years with Chateau St. Jean, Richard once again moved on--to devote himself full-time to Arrowood Vineyards & Winery. It is here that Richard has been able to achieve his goal of producing wines of singular, exceptional quality, without compromise.
His original plan was to produce reserve quality Chardonnay and
Cabernet Sauvignon only; however, Richard's drive and passion for
making wine left him unable to resist working with unusual varietals
and what he considered to be exceptional fruit. The Arrowood portfolio
has expanded to include limited quantities of Merlot, Viognier, Pinot
Blanc, Late Harvest wines, Malbec, Syrah, Gewürztraminer, La Rose, and
a few special reserve wines.