As a first generation native Californian born of Mexican descent, Oscar grew up in the San Joaquin Valley near Fresno. Growing up as the son of farm working family, his parents taught him how to care for grapevines and the soil. Oscar developed a strong connection to the land and the vine which developed into a passion that became his life’s pursuit. As his farming career developed, so did his interest in wine and his curiosity in the sciences of viticulture and enology. He enrolled in California State University Fresno to quench his thirst for knowledge. Upon graduating from Fresno State in 2003 with a degree in enology, Oscar Ramos-Torres initiated his career in the wine industry with his first crush as assistant winemaker to Jim Van Haun at Cedar View Winery.
The Ramos Torres brand was born while Oscar continued winemaking at Cedar View during the 2005 vintage. Ramos Torres’ first vintage was exciting and surreal. Although Oscar’s first vintage produced a minuscule 200 cases, it was still an exhilarating achievement and would set the stage for future success. In 2008, Oscar opened the Ramos Torres tasting room in Kingsburg and the wines proved prosperous within the community. Meanwhile, Ramos Torres was beginning to out-grow the small facility that they shared with Cedar View Winery. Oscar soon undertook an expansion to the tasting room building to house a new winery. In 2012 Ramos Torres had its first full crush at the new winery.
From the very first vintage, Ramos Torres’ goal has been to create well balanced wines that have a sense of place. These are wines that treasure subtlety and elegance over power and brute force. These are wines where varietal character is not veiled by excessive amounts of new oak and ripeness. With every vintage, Ramos Torres continues to refine their craft by learning from the vineyard and improving their techniques in the cellar.
Ramos Torres Winery currently produces 2,500 cases annually. They are focused on producing exceptional Rhone style wines from its estate vineyard and single vineyard designated wines from premium vineyards throughout California.
Oscar’s parents, Eduardo F. Ramos and Estela (Torres) Ramos have been his lifelong mentors and source of inspiration to him. It was a tribute of gratitude which ultimately formed the Ramos Torres brand. The unique symbol that makes up our logo is a combination of Oscar’s parents’ astrological signs: Virgo and Libra. It has been through their humble beginnings and hard work that they were rewarded with a wonderful life for their family in the spirit of farming and community. Oscar has continued his parents work in the farming tradition and has endeavored to bring world class wines to our community.
Owner and Winemaker Oscar F. Ramos believes that sometimes there are things that one really cares to do, which must be shared with those who care to know about them even if it’s coming from the most unlikely place. A young winemaker with a degree in enology from Fresno State, he started the 2004 crush as an assistant winemaker to Jim Van Haun at Cedar View Winery. The Ramos Torres brand and Oscar’s winemaking venture began in 2005, and his experience and success has continued to build the winery he has envisioned for years. His hometown of Kingsburg, CA, has also been the home of the Ramos Torres Tasting Room since November 2008, and the winery’s first crush at the same location was held in 2012.
Ramos Torres caught Julia’s eye in 2017 when she was gearing up for graduation from Fresno State with a degree in Business Administration and emphasis in Marketing. While events and hospitality drew Julia in, becoming involved in wine branding, vineyard relations, winery operations, and running other behind-the-scene areas has brought her to a greater level of appreciation and respect for the industry. On the weekends, you can either find Julia getting herself into outdoorsy adventures or relaxing with a glass of chilled Pegallin paired with BBQ chicken pizza.
Matt joined the Ramos Torres team in July of 2020 after working in the wine industry for almost a decade. He was already a Fresno State alumnus when he returned to school to earn a second degree in Enology and a minor in Chemistry in order to pursue a career in winemaking. After interning at the Fresno State Winery for two years, Matt was eventually hired as their Winemaker, and his desire to learn various winemaking techniques and gain exposure to unique growing regions lead him to places all over the west coast including the Red Mountain AVA in Washington, Northern California and the Bay Area. Matt's heart has always been in the Central Valley, an area that is often underestimated by the rest of the winemaking world. It has always been a passion and a goal of Matt's to become part of a team that makes high quality wines and develop a program to make wine as naturally as possible, arguably the best way to express any region's potential. Matt feels he has found that opportunity here at Ramos Torres. Outside of work, some of his favorite things to do are tasting unique wines with friends, taking on carpentry projects, and enjoying the outdoors when the state isn’t on fire.
Garrett began working at Ramos Torres in the summer of 2020. Garrett graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a degree in Communication Studies in 2014, and it was there that he began to study the ins and outs of marketing and film. In 2019, after three long years of hard work, he finished his short film, Enter the Crest, which was based on his time living and working in the mountains. When he's not slinging bottles, you can find him at work on his next creative project or running along the outskirts of Kingsburg. His favorite RT wines are Adrenalino, Panza, and Bandolero.
Pilot, engineer, Registered Patent Agent, and now wine host, John’s life-experiences have taken him all over the world. Now, after more than 40 years in the military and corporate worlds, John has returned to his hometown and spends his time pursuing his many passions. These include classic cars, history, travel, food and of course, wine. John’s dream holiday is an extended food and culinary tour of Spain, France and Italy. An RT Vino Club member for nearly a decade, John loves spending his days at the winery, learning about winemaking first-hand, and using his ever-growing knowledge of wines to create an informative and enjoyable experience for our club members and guests. So, stop in, swap a story or two, and let John introduce you to our fresh and exciting wine offerings!
Melanie’s love and experience for event planning landed her at Ramos Torres in 2019, nestled in her hometown of Kingsburg. You can find her at every event serving her hospitality to every customer, and she is constantly on the go to make sure everyone is having a good time. Her expertise in party planning comes from her father who believed every blessed thing that happens in life should be celebrated. Her eye for detail is credited to her mother that went above and beyond to make every family gathering or Sunday dinner a special memory. Her most rewarding job is the title she holds at home, being a loving wife and proud mother of 3 boys. How does she do it all? Wine!
Victor began working at Ramos Torres in the summer of 2019. With a background in production supervision, mechanical maintenance, and general contracting, Victor is an integral component to the Ramos Torres cellar operations. Learning the complexity of winemaking has encouraged his curiosity in the exploration of Enology. Victor’s knowledge of winemaking offers an informed and diverse perspective in the Tasting Room, allowing our RT Vino Club members to learn first-hand how their wine is made. One of Victor’s philosophies is, “Workout and drink wine.” As a certified personal trainer, Victor applies this to his own life. When he is not at Ramos Torres, you can catch Victor competing in obstacle course races, firing up that BBQ grill with some RT wine or just relaxing!