Meet the Winemaker

Our story

How it began…

I started taking classes on winemaking while still active duty in the military. My original plan was to move back to Colorado and be a defense contractor but fell in love with the central coast of California and the art of winemaking!
After retiring from the military I used my GI bill to earn two associate degrees in grape growing and winemaking. While in school, I worked part-time in tastings rooms and doing internships learning various aspects of the wine industry. In 2018 we started Rockets Red Wines to share amazing wines and highlight our time in the military while giving back to the veteran and local community.


Our Style

My winemaking style involves minimal intervention and just guiding the grapes on their path to wine. We experiment with native fermentation, letting nature work as intended.

What to expect from us…

Our wine is aimed at a wide audience. We make wine for people who are opened minded and enjoy wines outside of the norm. Try everything, drink what you like!

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Santa Barbara, California

Located in
Santa Barbara, California

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Owned by:
Jason Mergenov
Winemaking by:
Jason Mergenov
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