ROB MCNEILL | GENERAL MANAGER
Joining the management team in 2017, Rob brings a wealth of winemaking and management knowledge to the Foppiano Family. Serving as General Manager of Foppiano Vineyard, Rob oversees all the departments of the winery helping the business succeed and prepare for continued Foppiano ownership for many generations to come.
Before joining Foppiano Vineyards, McNeill oversaw the winemaking team at Don Sebastiani & Sons. Rob has an accomplished sparkling wine background gained by many years of experience in the North bay counties of Napa, Mendocino, and Sonoma. He served as V.P. of Winemaking and Operations at Mumm Napa, where he worked for 15 years. Prior to Mumm Napa, he worked for Remi Martin serving two roles: Director of Winemaking for Piper Sonoma, and Production Manager at their alambic, RMS distillery in Napa. His first winemaking position was at Scharffenberger Vineyards in the Anderson Valley. His passion for sparkling wine was kindled by Mumm’s previous winemaker, Greg Fowler, over thirty years ago when, after graduation from the University of California at Davis School of Enology and Viticulture, Rob became Fowler’s assistant winemaker at Schramsberg Vineyards.
McNeill’s wide range of winemaking expertise in addition to sparkling wine includes the production of still wines, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, making a perfect fit for Foppiano’s Russian River location. When asked to select a favorite grape variety, he is quick to name Pinot Noir, citing its versatility in table wines and brandies, and as an integral component in the blending of quality sparkling wines.
McNeill earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fermentation Science from University of California at Davis. He has served as a member of a number of different organizations including the American Society of Enology and Viticulture, Napa Valley Vintners, Atlas Peak Appellation Association and Mendocino Grape Growers Associations. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, particularly mountain sports. He lives in Healdsburg, California with his wife Linda, and an assortment of animals. He and Linda have two children, their son Robert and daughter Adrienne.