Harry Peterson-Nedry is the founder and winemaker emeritus of Chehalem, one of Oregon’s premier and early wineries.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina, with degrees in chemistry and English, Harry spent 26 years in high-tech manufacturing. His interest in wine began innocently enough as a hobby but developed into a serious passion, deeply rooted when he began his 37-acre Ridgecrest Vineyard in 1980, and ultimately realized a change in career paths was required. Ridgecrest was both the first of Harry’s vineyards and the first vineyard in what would be Ribbon Ridge AVA.
In 1990, Harry founded Chehalem and his hands-on technical approach honed by seven years of formal experimental winemaking went commercial. Within five years, he had expanded the winery’s estate holdings to include partnership in Corral Creek Vineyards (adjacent to the winery) and Stoller Vineyards in the Dundee Hills, by virtue of this privately held vineyard property being developed beginning 1993 by his Chehalem Winery partners, Bill and the late Cathy Stoller. These sites represent two additional AVAs, Chehalem Mountains and Dundee Hills, and between the three properties include the three key vineyard soils of the Willamette Valley. Bill and LaRue Stoller remain co-partners in Chehalem with Harry.
Now a 20,000-case estate winery, Chehalem is located on the outskirts of Newberg in the northern Willamette Valley, known for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, innovative Chardonnay, and minor quantities of Gruner veltliner, Pinot blanc and Gamay noir.
Harry has had wine industry leadership and founding roles in organizations such as the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Oregon Wine Board, Oregon Pinot Camp, Oregon Wine Symposium, Willamette Valley Wineries Association and industry groups focusing on Oregon’s AVAs and key varieties, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay.
He works with his daughter Wynne Peterson-Nedry, who, also a chemist and with a Masters in Enology and Viticulture from UC-Davis, is winemaker at Chehalem.
Bill Stoller is co-owner of Chehalem. He also owns Stoller Family Estate, a 373-acre property with 210 acres of vineyard, Dundee Hills AVA. Stoller is one of the three estate vineyards sourced by Chehalem Winery for its wine production.
Stoller is the founder and CEO of The Stoller Group, founder, president and vice-chairman of Express Employment Professionals, and founder and CEO at Xenium HR & Employer Services. A native Oregonian, Stoller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Pacific University, and an MBA from Portland State University.
Wynne was just six months old when her family signed the papers on the original property that would become Ridgecrest Vineyards. Years later, she personally hand-labeled most of the first release 1990 Ridgecrest Vineyards Pinot Noir. Growing up, she worked at the winery after school, during college breaks, and over several summers.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in chemistry in 2002 and quickly set out to explore the world. Realizing her heart was in the winemaking industry, Wynne enrolled in graduate school at University of California Davis, earning her Masters’ degree in Viticulture & Enology in 2008.
Wynne worked harvests around the world including two vintages in New Zealand, one in Burgundy, and one in California before officially joining the Chehalem team as assistant winemaker in June of 2009. In 2012, she became Chehalem’s winemaker.
In addition to his duties a President of Stoller Family Estate, Gary was named General Manager of Chehalem Winery in 2016. His tenure in the Oregon wine industry began in 1988 with a nearly eleven-year run at Sokol Blosser Wine where he served as Vice President until his departure in 1999.
Mortensen left the industry to pursue Portland’s emerging tech startup scene and ultimately to follow his passion for historical preservation. After more than a decade blending technology start-ups and documentary film making (Mortensen directed two award-wining documentaries about Oregon National Guardsmen), he returned to the Oregon wine industry in 2012 as President of Stoller family estate.
Under Mortensen’s leadership, Stoller’s production grew from 9,500 cases in 2011 to 41,000 cases in 2015.
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. Soon after, he relocated 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 landing in his current role as Direct Sales & Hospitality Manager.
When he’s not in the tasting room in Newberg, Dave is spending time with his wife Ann, and their grown sons, Andrew and Jordan. He can also be found tending his vegetables; depleting and replenishing his wine cellar; exploring Oregon’s majesty; watching the Portland Timbers or Trail Blazers, and hanging out with his dog, Serena.
Jenna LaCroix joined the Chehalem team as Club Manager in March of 2017. She attended the University of Oregon and first fell in love with Tuscan wine while studying abroad in Italy during her junior year. Degree in hand, Jenna set out to explore the Oregon’s flourishing wine world. She spent eight years working in the southern Willamette valley in various roles within the industry. She relocated to Portland in early spring of 2017 to accept the position at Chehalem. Her free time is spent planning visits to countries around the world and enjoying the great Oregon outdoors with her chocolate lab, Luna.
Brittney brings more than eight years of experience in hospitality, sales, and marketing to her position at Chehalem. Most recently, she worked as the hospitality coordinator at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton where she developed a deep understanding of the Oregon wine industry. Brittney and her family — husband Kyle, son Hudson, and beloved family dog, Ruby — enjoy spending time on the mountains, at the coast, and exploring the great outdoors.
LeiLani is an award-winning media and communications professional with a passion for Oregon’s handcrafted beverage world. She joined Chehalem during the summer of 2016, stepping into a newly created position. Before joining the winery team, LeiLani spent two years at an artisan food and beverage PR firm where she specialized in craft beer and cider.
These days, LeiLani’s focus is all about the wine, but it hasn’t always been about beverages. For 12+ years, she produced newscasts in the fast-paced world of TV production. Her work earned her national as well as regional recognition including two Emmy awards.
In her free time, LeiLani can be found running trails with her Australian Shepherd, Kona, making dinner with her husband and friends, or escaping the northwest for adventures abroad.
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.
Jon left the balmy breezes of the Caribbean and headed straight to wine country in Oregon to take on his role at Chehalem in 2012.
After attending 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 took him from his home state of Texas, through a 16-year adventure in St. Thomas, USVI before landing 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 spends his time with his wife, daughter and their dog, Ila.
After receiving her degree from Oregon State in 2013, Alex started a two-year stint coaching AAU and high school girls’ basketball. She joined the staff at the Chehalem tasting room in the fall of 2014 and has been a member of the team ever since. As part of the sales and marketing group, Alex continues to develop her natural affinity for the hospitality industry. She brings her passion for food and wine to her job, and when she’s not at work, she loves to discover new restaurants, and prepare inspiring feasts for friends and family.
Katie came on as Chehalem’s Assistant Winemaker in 2012. Originally from Utah, she became interested in wine while attending UC Davis, and it was there that she met Wynne Peterson-Nedry, now Chehalem’s winemaker.
With her a degree in Enology and Viticulture, Katie spent several years traveling the world making wine – including a stop at an Oregon winery. It was during her stint in Chile that she found her rescued canine companion Mani and finally decided to head back to the states to settle in Oregon.
When not in the cellar or the lab, Katie loves to be outdoors. Whether she’s skiing, hiking, running, or climbing, she is eager and willing to take on the Oregon terrain.
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 joined Chehalem as a member of our harvest crew in both 2008 and 2009. Greg reunited with Chehalem in 2012 when he came on as our Cellar Master.
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.
Steve is the Controller at our sister winery, Stoller Family Estates, and also overseas accounting and administration at Chehalem. A native Oregonian, he graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Prior to joining Stoller, Steve was the CFO of Willamette Valley Vineyards. Steve is an avid Beaver fan and can be found camped out at home games in the OSU parking lot with his wife.
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The Ordaz family is an essential part of Chehalem Winery and its history. The family is led by Juan Ordaz – the padre, el grand-hefe – who is now 75 years young. He’s been the rock of our vineyards for the past 28 vintages as a supervisor and worker. Juan leads the crew from winter pruning to final harvest.
Three generations of Ordazes now anchor the crew. They typify so much of what the Oregon wine community and Chehalem Winery represent: hard-work, commitment and longevity. This hasn’t gone unnoticed. Juan Ordaz received the Vineyard Excellence award at the 2016 Oregon Wine Industry Awards