Gerry was born in Australia's Barossa Valley where his father farmed grapes. His German ancestors first produced wine back in 1537. 'With a family tradition beginning four and a half centuries ago,' says Gerry, 'it adds a little extra weight on your shoulders to do it right.' Gerry graduated from Australia's Roseworthy College and began working in the Barossa back in 1981. Since then his quest for knowledge led him to the Napa Valley and further studies at University of California, Davis. He joined Stags Leap Winery for the great 1987 vintage, and then switched to making mountainside wines at Chappellet Winery From 1989 to 1997.
In 1997, he launched Rowland Cellars and started commuting to New Zealand's Central Otago valley where he has been crafting his own Pinot Noirs for the past six vintages. Gerry exerts strict control over all facets of the viticultural and winemaking process. His signature style combines a respect for tradition with healthy innovation, forging together elements of both the new and old worlds.