The Story

The Beginning

About twenty years ago Keith Rolle decided it was time to leave the below zero temperatures and the daily grind of corporate life in Minnesota. The money and travel were great, but the passion had died. His new mission was mastering the Spanish language. Keith resigned from his comfy corporate post in Minneapolis and moved to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico where he founded a Spanish immersion school.  In 1997, the Baja California Language College was born.

His passion then turned to wine. Specifically, his new mission was to make wine.  Unlike many self-taught wine makers or “garagistes,” Keith wanted to learn from bona fide professionals. A voracious student and lover of Washington wine, he moved to Washington state and enrolled as a full-time Enology student.

But after four years in the Pacific Northwest, sunny San Diego was loudly calling him home. So, he moved back and brought world-class Washington wine grapes along with him. In 2010,  Gianni Buonomo Vintners was born.