Intrepid Originals, Always Looking Ahead
Rollin Soles, Owner & Winemaker
The story starts in Texas, takes side trips through Switzerland, Australia and California, and ends up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Educated as a microbiologist, Rollin Soles’ winemaking combines the friendly grit of a Texas-born work ethic with the uncompromising rationality of a true scientist. In a wine world cluttered with nostalgic ideas, Rollin wants to know what’s really going on—in the vineyard, in the cellar, and in the glass. It’s the hallmark of a winemaking career that began overseas and has since landed Oregon bottles at the highest ranks of American craft. As Oregon’s original producer of sparkling wine, Rollin insists on a pioneering, innovative spirit in the ROCO cellar—always seeking new insight and trying new ideas to keep our wines among the very best this valley produces.
Corby Stonebraker-Soles, Owner
Corby arrived in the Willamette Valley in the mid-1980s before tasting rooms lined downtown streets and Oregon wine attracted visitors from all over the world. But she arrived with the strategy experience of a corporate marketer and the creative vision of a working artist. So she sensed opportunity and knew how to bring it to fruition. Working alongside friends and family, she helped establish multiple wineries and the now-famous International Pinot Noir Celebration, serving for a time as its executive director. In her multi-hat role as owner of ROCO, Corby continues in a leadership capacity for the Oregon wine industry as one of the few pioneers still directly involved in developing market intelligence and managing the daily operations of a thriving winery. Her mission is to make ROCO a place of excellence in service—so that, from both near and far, our patrons experience the very best in Willamette Valley hospitality.
The ROCO Team
Megan Markel, direct sales manager
A curious mind and true people’s person, Megan seems to flourish in any environment—from her former life running a family-owned wine shop to serving as an appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation to advocating on behalf of urban California families without housing. Her diverse background and work over the last decade in the Willamette Valley wine industry give her the insight needed to run our direct sales program with skill and grace.
Jarod Sleet, assistant winemaker
Though born in Kentucky, Jarod didn’t fall in love with the liquid inside oak barrels until he’d moved to Oregon and attended culinary school as an aspiring chef. The instinct to learn about food—its sources, techniques, and surprises—eventually led him to Oregon wine country, first as a harvest intern and then onto Oregon State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology. Following winemaking stints at Cana’s Feast, Archery Summit, and Argyle, Jarod joined ROCO in 2017 as our assistant winemaker.
Lucia Walker, regional sales manager
Raised by a family in the wine import and distribution business, Lucia is a master of how wine moves around the world. Her family’s focus on Italian wines led them to bring the famous Produttori wines to Oregon for the first time decades ago, and Lucia’s own study of business and the Italian language helped drive the family venture for years before she joined ROCO as our regional sales manager. She affords us a true wealth of knowledge and experience—ranging from brand management to wine education to sales.