Harry Peterson-Nedry is the founder, winemaker, and managing partner of Chehalem, one of Oregon’s premier wineries.
Harry initially applied degrees in Chemistry and English from the University of North Carolina to a career in high-tech manufacturing. His interest in wine began innocently enough as a hobby, but developed into a serious passion—deeply rooted when he planted his 55-acre Ridgecrest Vineyards in 1980. Ridgecrest was not only the first of Harry’s vineyards, but was also the first vineyard development in Oregon’s newly designated Ribbon Ridge AVA. Ultimately, what began as a hobby led to a radical change in career paths.
In 1990, Harry founded Chehalem, and his hands-on approach to winemaking began. Within five years, he had expanded the winery’s estate holdings to include partnerships in Corral Creek Vineyards (adjacent to the winery) and Stoller Vineyards in the southern Dundee Hills, developed by his Chehalem partners, Bill and Cathy Stoller.
Harry's interest in the wine industry extends far beyond the wines of Chehalem. He has been appointed to and is now serving a second term on the Oregon Wine Board by Governor Kulongoski and serves on the board of WineAmerica (formerly the American Vintners Association), the national trade association for America’s wineries. He also has represented Oregon at the International Pinot Gris Symposium in Germany and has worked to establish Oregon Pinot Camp, ORCA (the Oregon Chardonnay Alliance), Willamette Valley AVAs (authoring the Ribbon Ridge petition), and to raise Riesling awareness. His passionate reach continues to extend into family, environmental conservation, and the arts.
Bill Stoller is a co-owner of Chehalem, and owns Stoller Vineyards, one of the three Estate Vineyards Chehalem uses. Stoller Vineyards is a modern, 360-acre vineyard on a spectacular hillside locally referred to as Oregon's Corton Hill. Bill lives on-site and makes small amounts of Stoller Vineyards brand Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Owner of an international personnel service business, Express Services, Bill participates in strategic winery management, with partner Harry Peterson-Nedry. Bill is also one of the few Oregon winery principals who can claim to be a native of wine country, having grown up in Yamhill County. He attended Pacific University in Forest Grove as an undergraduate. (Stoller Vineyards photograph © Mike Haverkate)
Wynne has been at Chehalem from the beginning, being a 6-month old in arms as we signed on the original property that would become Ridgecrest Vineyards, personally labeling by hand most of the first release 1990 Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir, working part of harvest twice despite high school (as part of a chemistry project) and college (break) rigors, and working summers for several years.
Graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in chemistry in 2002, she went on to experience several careers in the outside world before admitting to the fact that her heart resided in the Oregon wine country. She graduated with a Masters’ degree from UC Davis’ Viticulture & Enology program in 2008 and has worked multiple harvests around the world including two vintages in New Zealand, one in Burgundy, and one in California. She officially joined the Chehalem family as assistant winemaker in June of 2009, and in 2012 became our winemaker.
As viticulturist and vineyard manager of Corral Creek, Ridgecrest, and Wind Ridge Vineyards, Chad coordinates our vineyard crew’s activities on a daily basis and works to grow the best grapes we can. His viticultural philosophy is that each vineyard site is unique and must be managed according to its distinctive subtleties, particularly in combination with the challenges that Pinot Noir provides.
Originally from New Zealand, Chad has a Master's degree in Geography and Climatology. Over the last several years, he has been a viticulturist and vineyard manager at two Central Otago vineyards and in France's Loire Valley. Chad now makes the Willamette Valley his home along with his wife, Catherine, and their adorable spaniel, Fife. When he is not among the vines, he enjoys tennis, golf, skiing, hiking, and cheering on New Zealand's national rugby team from afar.
The stars aligned when Katie Santora came on as Chehalem’s Assistant Winemaker in 2012. Katie is originally from Utah and became interested in wine while attending UC Davis, where she first met Wynne Peterson-Nedry, now Chehalem’s winemaker. After receiving a degree in Enology and Viticulture, Katie spent several years traveling from Australia and New Zealand to California and South America to make wine—including a couple years in between at another Oregon winery. During her stint in Chile, she found her rescued canine companion Mani and finally decided to head back to the states to settle in Oregon. Her expertise, positive nature and bubbly personality make Katie a fortuitous addition to the Chehalem team.
When not in the cellar or the lab, Katie loves to be outdoors. Whether she’s skiing, hiking, running, or climbing, you’ll often find her soaking in the sun and taking on the Oregon terrain—the former, as she has discovered, being only seasonally available and the latter always beckoning.
Growing up in the raucous bustle of metropolitan Lancaster, PA, Greg found a more serene lifestyle out west where he attended The Art Institute of Colorado for Culinary Arts. He then hit the trail once again and landed in Oregon where he soon worked his first wine harvest. After gaining experience in New Zealand and Australia, Greg began his relationship with Chehalem as a member of our harvest crew in both 2008 and 2009. After taking some time to see other people, Greg reunited with Chehalem in 2012 when he came on as our Cellar Master (as well as our Mr. Fix-It — both meals and wine hoses!).
Greg doesn’t just make great wine, he brews incredible beer as well. You may also find him using his chef skills in the kitchen or playing drums in his band Weekend Assembly.
Jon joined the Chehalem team after moving his family from the tropical weather of the Caribbean to the not-so-tropical weather of the great Northwest. After attending the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, he embarked on a journey of food and beverage related customer service jobs in restaurants, retail grocery and wholesale wine & spirits. That journey has taken him from his home state of Texas, through a 16 year adventure in St. Thomas, USVI and has landed him with Chehalem and his new home in Oregon.
When he is not working in the valley or visiting our distributors on the road, Jon likes to spend his time with his wife and daughter doing anything or nothing, golfing, gardening, entertaining and relaxing.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Thom earned his vinous chops working his way through college and grad school at various wine bars and shops in Athens, Georgia and Missoula, Montana. After earning a Master’s degree in Forensic Anthropology, a career in wine was clearly the next logical step. Thom settled in Oregon in the spring of 2001 and has never looked back. He joined Chehalem as Sales Manager in 2012 after a decade of winery and distribution experience in and around the Portland area.
Born and educated in the maize plains of Illinois and Iowa, Dave found his calling in the mid-80s when he met several Oregon winemaking pioneers on a sales swing through Austin, Texas. It didn't take him long to then relocate to Oregon with his young family. He worked as national sales manager for a local winery before embarking on a detour through the world of human capital management, software and professional services sales. Proving you can go home again, he came to CHEHALEM in 2008, eventually taking on his current role in direct-to-consumer sales and customer satisfaction. When he’s not helping find loving homes for CHEHALEM wines, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, Ann, and grown sons, Andrew and Jordan, tending his vegetables, depleting and replenishing his wine cellar, exploring Oregon’s majesty, watching the Portland Timbers and Trail Blazers and playing with his Lab- mix, Serena.
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