About ErmaRose Winery

About ErmaRose Winery

ErmaRose is an award-winning family-owned and operated winery in Katy, Texas. Jennifer Prothow, a proud veteran, had a vision to craft her unique wine recipes and start her own winery in 2014. Her parents, Stephen and Andrea Prothow, supported her every step of the way. Jennifer and her mother, Andrea, are the winery’s owners; Jennifer’s father, Stephen, passed away in 2018.

The first batch of ErmaRose wine was bottled in 2016. The winery’s production facility was acquired in 2018 in Katy, Texas and officially opened its doors on March 1, 2019. The winery focuses on making wines from a variety of fresh frozen fruit, free of concentrates and low in sulfites. The current signature flavors are Banana, Peach, Mango, Blueberry, Blackberry and Cranberry. To date, ErmaRose Winery has sold nearly 1,000 cases of wine.

Erma Jewel Hobley and Rosa Jones Prothow

ErmaRose Winery is named after Erma Jewel Hobley and Rosa Jones Prothow. Erma and Rosa are Jennifer’s grandmothers. Both grandmothers have profoundly influenced her life and naming the company after them seemed like the best way to honor them both.

Erma Hobley was born in Cold Springs, Texas on July 6, 1939, to Allen Phlegm and Erma Jean Phlegm. She is the daughter and wife of a minister. Erma married Robert McGowen Hobley on June 16, 1957, in Houston, Texas. They had four children: Wendell, Andrea (Jennifer’s mother), Michael and Adrian. Erma performed clerical work in the Houston area for many years and later helped her late husband Reverend Robert Hobley serve at Gospel Hill Church for over 25 years. She currently lives in Humble, Texas.

Rosa Jones Prothow was born on April 19, 1923, to William Henry and Martha Jones in Houston, Texas. Rosa met and married Lee Andrew Prothow. They were married on April 15, 1946, and had 5 children: Lee, Andrew, Verna, Carolyn, Terrell and Stephen (Jennifer’s father). Rosa worked at Jefferson Davis Hospital for many years and held several professional positions in the Houston area until the age of 75. Rosa was a faithful member of her local church for many years until her death on August 2, 2018, at the age of 95. Rosa was known for her incredible memory and her love of conversation.

Jennifer would like to acknowledge her father, Stephen Roy Prothow. Stephen passed away unexpectedly in April 2018. Stephen shared and encouraged Jennifer’s dreams of one day distributing her own fruit wines under the ErmaRose name. Stephen was involved with ErmaRose distribution from the very beginning and always offered Jennifer guidance and his unwavering support.