Christian Roguenant was born to make wine. A native of the Burgundy region of France, he grew up surrounded by vineyards. Christian decided early on to become a winemaker, studying enology and winemaking at the University of Dijon. There, he honed his skills early and has since made wine in numerous countries across five continents. He has over 35 vintages under his belt. One of his first experi- ences was two years with Champagne Deutz, one of the premier Champagne houses in France, where he served as a consultant to wineries around the world. His travels brought him to wineries in Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, France and Korea, where he made sparkling wine for the 1988 Olympics. The opportunity to make exceptional wines in San Luis Obispo County led him to the Central Coast in 1986, when Champagne Deutz launched Maison Deutz, a sparkling operation in Arroyo Grande. He started as Winemaker, and later became President when the winery changed ownership and was reamed Laetitia Winery.
Christian is currently the Vice President of Winemaking for Niven Family Wine Estates. He has been with the Niven Family for over 18 years and overseas winemaking for their portfolio of Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth, and Zocker. Through these wines, he crafts a range of carefully thought out styles expressed over a diverse selection of varietals varying from racy Albariño and Grüner Veltliner, to elegant Chardon- nay and Pinot Noir, all the way up to big luscious Cabernets. He delights in selecting among the hand- picked fruit from their historic Paragon Vineyard and select Paso Robles sites. "These vineyards allow me to achieve my goal: to make the wine as true to the varietal as possible," Roguenant confirms. "My philoso- phy of winemaking is this: give me rough but nice diamonds; my job is to polish without scratching them. My passion and desire is to make better wine every year. A winemaker is the greatest critic about his own wine-always striving to get closer to perfection."