Decades in the making

ROCO represents the finest in Oregon winemaking — with storied bottles and humbling accolades. It’s a 30-year history of devotion to craft.

In 1987, Rollin Soles purchased a breathtaking hillside property down a gravel road in the Chehalem Mountain Range. The property’s perfect combination of elevation, soil type, natural springs, and geological aspect were the seed of a dream that would eventually become ROCO Winery.

How it all came together

For nearly fifteen years, the Soles’ property remained a mostly wild landscape used for a variety of farming endeavors. Rollin was making wine at Argyle, his previous venture, and Corby was busy serving in a number of executive positions in the Oregon wine industry. But as the years wore on, the property’s southwestern exposure and diverse soils begged for the Soles to realize their dream: a vineyard of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sloping toward the creek below, the Chehalem Valley beyond, and Oregon’s Coast Range in the distance.

In 2001, Rollin and Corby planted Wits’ End Vineyard and began bringing the idea of ROCO to fruition. Two years later, they produced their first vintage of Private Stash Pinot Noir—showcasing the very best of Rollin’s small-lot winemaking skills in a bottle that was eventually served in the White House. Building on their success, in 2009, the Soles built ROCO its own winery and added a tasting room in 2012. In 2013, Rollin expanded Wits’ End Vineyard and transitioned to full-time focus on ROCO to keep pace with its growing prestige and demand.

Today, Wits’ End Vineyard remains the heart and soul of ROCO wines. ROCO Private Stash and Wits’ End Vineyard Pinot Noirs derive exclusively from these vines—and serve as Rollin and Corby’s testament to the beauty of place, their devotion to family and friends, and their commitment to Oregon winemaking at its finest.

Know your ROCO

ROCO is [rock-ō]
Named for Rollin and Corby Soles

Our logo

The ROCO thunderbird logo represents an ancient petroglyph discovered in the Columbia River Gorge before the river was dammed. The thunderbird captures the wild essence and intriguing history of the Pacific Northwest and ROCO wines.

Rollin Soles, Owner & Winemaker

Born and raised in Texas, Rollin has been making exemplary Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon for the last three decades. Those close to him know him as a painstaking practitioner of the winemaking craft, with an exceptional eye for detail in harvesting, crushing, and fermentation. And the results are in.

Rollin’s wines have been named among the Top 100 Wines of the World by Wine Spectator thirteen times, a distinction matched by no other Oregon winemaker. His very first ROCO vintage was poured in the White House. And in 2013, he was named one of the “20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America” by Vineyard & Winery Management magazine.

Rollin made his way to Oregon after winemaking stints in California, Switzerland, Washington, and Australia. Once in the Willamette Valley, he co-founded the prestigious Argyle winery and led its winemaking program for twenty-five years. In 2001, along with his wife Corby Stonebraker-Soles, he set out on a new path with the founding of ROCO Winery and the planting of its estate Wits’ End Vineyard. Today, ROCO is his full time work.

Rollin received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Texas A&M and a master’s degree in enology and viticulture at the University of California at Davis. His deep scientific background along with an abiding love of research and learning allows him to consistently unlock the potential of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and raise the bar for what Oregon wine can be.

Rollin Soles

Corby Stonebraker-Soles, Owner & Business Manager

Raised in Chicago, Corby moved to Arizona for college, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in preparation for eventual work as a writer and editor in California. Then, in the mid-1980s, she headed north with one thing on her mind: Oregon wine. Right away, she contributed a needed sense of strategic vision to the fledgling wine industry as part of the second wave of young entrepreneurs arriving in the Willamette Valley.

Corby co-owned Panther Creek Cellars in its early years and was a founding board member of the now-famous International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC). She served as the executive director of IPNC for two years, and was responsible for the early marketing efforts of the Yamhill County Wineries Association as its managing director.

When Corby sold her partnership stake in Panther Creek in 1992, she began a nine-year stint as the executive director of a regional arts center in Corvallis, Oregon. But once the kids completed high school, Corby and Rollin returned to live in wine country at their Chehalem Mountains property. Back again in Yamhill County, Corby helped plant the Wits’ End Vineyard, build ROCO its own winery, and develop the ROCO brand. In her down time, she set up a studio to continue her work as a glass artist. Today, Corby oversees all aspects of ROCO Winery business and marketing.

Rollin and Corby

Troy Altobell, Assistant Winemaker

Troy hails from southwestern Minnesota where he grew up stomping around the Mississippi River Valley. There, he developed an appreciation for outdoor life and mild climates—two things he could never have known would lead him to a life in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. But that’s the exactly what happened: Upon completion of bachelor’s degree in geography and global studies from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, he migrated to Oregon and picked up a job working harvest at Argyle Winery.

After three years of cellar work at Argyle, where he assisted in virtually every aspect of wine production on a large scale, he transitioned to full-time, artisanal winemaking at ROCO under the continued tutelage of Rollin Soles. Troy says that through the process of making so much wine with Rollin, he has learned to “taste the future” and understand how to transform young, raw flavors into mature, complex wines. In 2012, Rollin and Corby named Troy assistant winemaker.