Meghan Rech

Meghan Rech

Castle Rock Winery (Director of Winemaking)

Meghan Rech followed an oft-traveled pathway to becoming a lead winemaker: science-based education, internships, and laboratory experience.

She earned a B.S. degree in 2006 from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Biological Sciences, with the goal of attending medical school to become a pediatrician. A harvest internship soon turned into a career when she realized that winemaking represented a rewarding combination of science and art/creativity; she loved to paint when she was younger and still does so from time to time. Meghan joined the team at R.H. Phillips Winery near Sacramento, where she initially was a laboratory technician and then became assistant winemaker. After three years with the winery, she returned to her alma mater to complete a B.S. degree in Viticulture & Enology in 2011. During the two years she needed to earn her degree, Meghan held internships at the Napa Wine Company and Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley.

After graduating, Meghan moved back to Sonoma County, where she grew up, to take a position as an enologist with Geyser Peak Winery. With the purchase of the Geyser Peak facility in Geyserville by Francis Ford Coppola in 2014, Meghan was offered the opportunity to work as an assistant winemaker for the company. Four years later she was promoted to associate winemaker, the position she held until moving to Castle Rock Winery, also in Geyserville, as Director of Winemaking in 2020.

Meghan resides in Northern Sonoma County with her husband, Ryan, and their young son. She enjoys hiking local trails, fly fishing, canning and preserving, and traveling. Meghan is also working on improving her culinary skills, and credits her husband for broadening her knowledge of food.

Castle Rock produces a number of varietals made from fruit sources from California AVAs as well as Washington’s Columbia Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Included in the offerings are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Sirah, among others.