A wine innovator, explorer, marathon runner and New York hipster, Charles Bieler has an eye for the creative opportunity, an ability to spot an opening before it materializes, and a knack for combining outrageous propositions into a winner. Charles spent his formative wine business years in Provence, France, including several years at Chateau Routas. At a time when rosé was considered gauche, he travelled the U.S. in a pink Cadillac to promote the Routas rosé and helped light a fire under what is now a highly respected category.
Charles continues to beat the pink drum, turning out Bieler Père et Fils, a Coteaux d'Aix en Provence rosé with his father, and the eponymous Charles & Charles, produced with Charles Smith of Washington’s K Vintners & Charles Smith Wines. Recent projects include Sombra, a highly lauded, artisanal Oaxacan mezcal made in partnership with Master Sommelier Richard Betts, and the Gotham Project, making Riesling exclusively packed in kegs for wine on tap. Charles lives in Harlem, New York City.