Chairman of the Board
A true renaissance man, Ronald Goerler Sr. was trained as a lawyer but quickly realized that this profession did not feed his entrepreneurial spirit. So, he joined his father’s plumbing supply company and helped it grow into a successful business. During his early years, Ron Sr. was also a harness driver at Roosevelt Raceway and his love of adventure led him to get his pilot’s license. When he purchased a farm in Cutchogue back in 1981, he had no plans of becoming a farmer. But, through his passion for the land, he turned a few acres of grapes into Jamesport Vineyards, one of the oldest and most successful wineries on the North Fork of Long Island.
Growing up on the family’s farm, Ron Jr. admits he never thought he was going to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, today, he not only shares in the ownership of Jamesport Vineyards, but is a hands-on manager actively involved in all aspects of the operation; from planting and harvesting grapes through the entire winemaking process. He has also served as president and board member of the Long Island Wine Council and remains passionate about promoting the region and all it has to offer.
After receiving a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland, Dean learned his craft in Sonoma and Napa Valley working under the tutelage of renowned winemaker Erin Green. Such an experience taught him about precision wine making with a fondness towards Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot varietals. His experiences took him to such places as South Africa, Italy, Bordeaux, France, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand before returning to the states where he discovered Jamesport Vineyards. His incredible attention to detail goes into every bottle.