Roman began a three-year apprenticeship at theKaiserstuhl Wine Cooperative Oberrotweil while attending technical school. He traveled to the United States and worked at the Saintsbury Estatein California, then to New South Wales, Australia, at Rosemount Estate. Returning to Germany, he became a winemaker at Winzerkeller Wieslochnear Heidelberg and earned his Master Winemaker and Cellar Master Degree from the College for Oenology and Viticulture in Weinsberg.
In 1992, Roman became the first winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. He established the estate’s distinctive character—European elegance combined with the typicity of Long Island terroir. He has dedicated himself to promoting not only the wines of Wölffer Estate, but of Long Island, where he has consulted with numerous vineyards and is currently the President of the Long Island Wine Council.
Roman's contribution to quality winemaking on Long Island was recognized at the 2003 East End Food & Wine Awards (judged by the American Sommelier Society), where he was named Winemaker of the Year. Recent honors include: Wine Enthusiast rated our Descencia Botrytis Riesling/Chardonnay 2015 with a spot on its "Top 100 Wines of 2016" list; our 2013 White Horse red collection all received 90 points and higher by Wine Advocate (including a 94+ forChristian's Cuvee, making it the highest-rated wine in Long Island history); Wine Spectator selected Grapes of Roth Merlot 2010 for its "Top 100 Wines of 2015" list; Perle Chardonnay 2012 was served at the White House for President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany; and Diosa and Descencia 2012 dessert wines each earned 94 points in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.