Rich Rorden

Owner/Winemaker, Director of Operations

The mind and skills of an engineer, computer wizardry, and a knack for creating great wine make Rich Rorden, co-founder of Cantiga Wineworks, the perfect Winemaker and Director of Operations. Rich has been involved in winemaking for as long as he can remember, and has learned much of his method from his father, Bud. In making wine for Cantiga Wineworks, Rich continually searches for ways to preserve the integrity of the family method while mediating this with the unique requirements of a somewhat larger-scale, commercial production. Cantiga wine is made in a natural, non-malolactic, low sulfite, classic style that takes extra care in both the vineyard and winery. Who better to tackle the task than an engineer?

Rich leaves behind a career as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry. A Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate, Rich worked for TRW in Manhattan Beach for over a decade, designing satellites for both commercial and government projects. He applies the same meticulous attention to detail to his winemaking! On top of his long hours at Cantiga, Rich enjoys spending time with his two children.