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Team Intro

The Team

Our wines reflect the place and the people behind them, the passion they have for the process, and the commitment made to unrelenting quality.

Roger Bower, Proprietor
  • Team Owner

    Roger Bower

    The Proprietor

    Roger Bower is the owner and visionary behind Crown Point. It is his commitment to the land that has elevated Crown Point to its place of distinction. An entrepreneur and rancher from Texas, Roger formed a deep understanding of what it means to be a steward of the land. He saw the potential of Happy Canyon and purchased Crown Point in 2012. An avid horseback rider, Roger often rides among the vines. Roger has made Crown Point his home and is focused on his vision for the property, its vineyards and the art of winemaking.

  • Team Winemaker

    Adam Henkel

    The Winemaker

    A Kentucky native, Adam Henkel came to Crown Point in April of 2013 after eight vintages as an integral part of the winemaking team at Harlan Estate in the Napa Valley. At Crown Point, Adam has spent the past three years involved in winery design, vineyard development, and implementing standards of quality in the winery that reflect both his pedigree as well as his respect for the estate.

    Adam lives in Santa Ynez with his wife and four children.

  • Philippe Melka

    Philippe Melka

    The Consulting Winemaker

    A native of Bordeaux, France, Philippe Melka is an acclaimed winemaker and geologist, whose extensive training has led him to work with some of the most renowned vineyards and wineries in Bordeaux, Italy, Australia and Napa Valley.

    Melka joined Crown Point in May 2017, drawn to the distinct terroir of Santa Barbara County. “The potential to create extraordinary wines is what drew me to Crown Point specifically." It’s a special place that is blessed with distinct topography, climatic conditions, and soil types.” As Consulting Winemaker, Melka will utilize his background in soil studies and winemaking to support winemaker Adam Henkel with farming decisions and vineyard techniques unique to the estate.

  • Team Vineyard Manager

    Juve Buenrostro

    The Vineyard Manager

    Juve Buenrostro knows the vineyards at Crown Point intimately. He has over 20 years of experience in vineyard work and management in Happy Canyon. He now lives on the estate with his family, and walks the vineyard daily. Juve’s uncompromising attention to detail and dedication to the property is exhibited in each and every block of the vineyard. 

  • Team Cfo

    Twana Connors

    The Chief Financial Officer

    Twana Connors, a Texas native, has been an integral part in the leadership and management for Roger’s companies since 1995. Each with uniquely different personalities, they have developed a complimentary and long lasting business partnership. Twana is a Certified Public Accountant, with progressive experience in finance and operations management.

    Twana moved to California in the fall of 2015 to join the Crown Point team. She lives near the beach with her husband Earl, an artist and California native.

  • David F 2

    David Francke

    The General Manager

    David has over 25 years of experience in wine industry management, sales and marketing. He has worked across multiple companies in the industry including Purple Wine + Spirits, Folio Fine Wine Partners, Young’s Market Company and Robert Mondavi Corporation, where he was VP Marketing/GM. 

    David is a wine industry subject matter expert with the proven ability to transform businesses and brands and lead organizations in transition. He embraces the challenges of creating and implementing strategic plans and has considerable relationships through his network across every area of the US three-tier distribution system and around the world. 

    David has a BA from the University of Kansas.

  • Jennifer Kocian

    Jennifer Kocian

    The Brand Manager

    Jennifer Kocian has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University California of Santa Barbara.  Given her educational background and practical training in hospitality and event planning, Jennifer is dedicated to serving others, building relationships, and looks forward to connecting with you. 

    Jennifer is a native of the San Fernando Valley and has made Santa Barbara her home for the past twelve years. While residing in Santa Barbara, she is always open to experiencing something new.

    After planning two successful million-dollar fundraisers for the Santa Barbara Wine Auction, Jennifer is eager to focus her skills on the vineyard, and her love of wine.

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