About ErmaRose Winery

About ErmaRose Winery

ErmaRose is a family-owned and operated winery. Jennifer Prothow had a vision to start her own winery in 2014 and her parents Stephen and Andrea Prothow have supported her all the way. Jennifer and her mother Andrea are the owners; her father Stephen passed away earlier this year. ErmaRose was named after Erma Jewel Hobley and Rosa Jones Prothow. Erma and Rosa are Jennifer’s grandmothers. Both grandmothers have influenced her life tremendously and naming the company after them seemed like the best way to honor both of them.

Jennifer knows her maternal grandmother Erma Jewel Hobley to be crafty and remembers her cooking while growing up. Her paternal grandmother Rosa Jones Hobley was a survivor no matter the obstacles, and had a knack at making things work out. These lessons lead Jennifer to developing her own wine recipes and the desire to bottle and distribute her product.

The first batch of wine was not bottled until 2016 and the ErmaRose production facility was acquired in 2018 in Katy, Texas. The winery focuses on making wines from fruits other than grapes. The current signature flavors are Banana, Mango, Blueberry, Blackberry and Quadberry. Jennifer produces all of the wine herself.

Erma Jewel Hobley and Rosa Jones Prothow

Erma Jewel Hobley and Rosa Jones Prothow are the grandmothers of Jennifer Prothow and both are the inspiration behind ErmaRose Winery.

Erma Hobley was born in Lufkin, Texas on July 6, 1939 to Allen Phlegm and Erma Jean Phlegm. She is the daughter of a minister and also the wife of a minister. Erma married Robert McGowen Hobley on June 16, 1957 in Houston, Texas. They had 4 children, Wendell, Andrea (Jennifer’s mother), Michael and Adrian. Erma performed clerical office 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). She worked at Jefferson Davis Hospital for many years and various others employers in the Houston area until the age of 75. Rosa was as a faithful member at her local church for many years until her recent death on August 2, 2018 at the age of 95. Rosa was known for her incredible memory and her love of conversation.

A Tribute to Stephen Prothow (April 24, 1958 – April 27, 2018)

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 label. Stephen was involved with ErmaRose distribution from the beginning and always offered Jennifer guidance and his full support along the way.