Like fine wine aged to perfection, the relationship between Woodlawn Press Winery owners Bonnie Evangelista and Andrew Rosado is full-bodied and complex, layered with joys, heartaches, years of challenges that have tested them and love that has kept them together. Both lovers of wine, the fact that they now make wine together is a testament to the strength of their marriage and their mettle as entrepreneurs, creating a legacy for themselves and their children. In Woodlawn Press Winery, they see something that may pass down through generations and live on, long after they are gone themselves.
Before becoming a winemaker, Rosado served as an Army officer for four years, branching as a Chemical Officer, though he served with a Patriot Air Defense Unit for the majority of his Army career. It was during his time in the Army that Rosado started making wine at home, though the idea to actually turn the hobby into a business didn’t come until seven years later. By that point, he’d been separated from the Army for six years and chased a string of jobs that left him unfulfilled. “Starting Woodlawn became this opportunity for Andrew to build and grow something for himself and his family, allowing his creativity to be seen and thrive,” says Evangelista, who works as a Contracting Officer for the DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center by day and a “winery aficionado" by night.
Now, Rosado serves as the operational manager and face of the winery to their customers, handling all of the operations and logistics for the wine production. He is also the Customer and Sales Manager and can be found behind the bar most days the winery is open. Meanwhile, Evangelista provides business administration and accounting support in addition to managing most of the business development and marketing activities.
“Overall, building the winery together is a testament to us as a couple,” says Evangelista. “We have similar values that I think allow us to be whatever we need to be in the moment: business partners, mom or dad, husband and wife, whatever. We never want to stop growing professionally or personally, so we’re usually very supportive of each other to try new things at the winery. We may disagree on what to try, but it’s the learning that happens after you try that we crave. Working together as business partners has also brought to light what our priorities as a family are and helped us decide together what efforts we want to be intentional about making happen in our lives. It is so easy for the business to consume everything we do, so we must intentionally create time and space for us to have downtime individually, as a family, or as a couple. We have to want these moments enough that we are willing to say ‘no’ to everything else and plan these moments.”
Woodlawn Press Winery
8733-b Cooper Road, Alexandria, VA 22309