Robert entered the wine industry on a whim during his Christmas break in 2007. Little did he know that this would be the beginning of his career in the wine industry. Upon completing his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Texas A&M University he enrolled in the Vinifera Euromaster program. He spent the next two years in France and Spain while earning a Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology. After completing his degree, Robert worked in the South African and Oregon wine industries before returning to Texas in 2012 to be the winemaker for Compass Rose Cellars. Here he helped to shape and develop the winery and its brand. Robert later joined Kuhlman Cellars as assistant winemaker and vineyard manager. In 2016 he left Kuhlman Cellars to join his wife, Lydia, in the adventure of starting Vine to Vino Consulting. Robert is also an active member of the Texas Hill Country Wineries Winemakers Committee.
Lydia was born and raised in Plano, TX. Following in the footsteps of her siblings she went to Texas A&M University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Entomology and Horticulture. Immediately following her undergraduate studies she went on to get her Master of Science in Viticulture from Fresno State University in California. Having always had the intentions of returning to help build the Texas wine industry, Lydia began her viticulture career in 2012 as the first vineyard manager for Grape Creek Vineyards. In 2015 she decided to take a break and traveled through Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Croatia working at several organic vineyards along the way. After 4 months she returned with a fresh mind and began consulting for vineyards in the Texas Hill Country and High Plains, as well as maintaining the Viticulturist position at Lost Draw Vineyards for two growing seasons before starting Vine to Vino Consulting with her husband, Robert. Lydia has also been an active member of the Texas Hill Country Wineries Growers Committee since 2013.
Vine to vino
On Leap Day 2016 Robert and Lydia got married in the Hill Country and by the end of the year they decided to start their own vineyard and winemaking consulting business, Vine to Vino Consulting. Lydia specializes in vineyard consulting for winegrape growers and Robert specializes in winemaking consulting. Together they hope to support the Texas wine industry by not only working with existing vineyards and wineries, but also welcoming newcomers and helping them integrate seamlessly into the Texas wine family.