Argentinian polo star Nic Roldan has always had a winning approach.
He played his first tournament by the age of 6 and went on to win the U.S. Open Polo Championship at the mere age of 15. Today, the captain of the American polo team calls Wellington home. We check in with the handsome horseman on how he’s expanding his endeavors both on and off the field.
What projects are you currently working on? The Wellington/Palm Beach market has been on fire. I decided to take full advantage of it and sold two projects. I also have a brand-new modern farmhouse-style spec house, which I designed with my friend and partner Michelle Kamine. As such, I’ve now invested in a new property in Palm Beach Polo Golf & Country Club and am busy working on all the plans and designs with the intention to start construction June 1. I’m excited to be expanding my portfolio in the real estate sector, flipping properties, acquiring rentals and hopefully bringing a whole new concept to Wellington in 2022. I’m also about to launch my own casual apparel line, which I’m super excited about. It will be available on my website; it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and am passionate about, so I can’t wait to see how it’s received.
What inspired you to launch High Goal Luxury Gin? I spent several seasons playing in England over the past 10 years and grew an appreciation and love for the gin culture in Europe; it was a space I was keen to get involved in. I was introduced about a year ago through a good friend, Diego Urrutia, to Matti Anttila, founder and CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits... One breakfast meeting at Sant Ambroeus and before you knew it, the three of us were partners and High Goal Luxury Gin was born.
Favorite gin cocktail? Actually, one of the unique things about High Goal is that it is best drunk on the rocks with a slice of lemon and fresh mint.
What is your mantra? There are lots of different mantras and quotes I like—I even have one on my arm, which reads, ‘If you want to be happy for a moment, seek revenge. If you want to always be happy, forgive.’
What might people find surprising about you? I’m left-handed. In polo there is a rule for safety that you have to play with your right hand, which I do; however, I’m actually a lefty.