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Winery DirectorChristine's love for Oregon wine began at an early age looking up at Willamette Valley Vineyards out the window of her room as the vineyard and winery took shape on the slope of the Salem hills. Christine has always been a familiar face at the winery; as a young girl she would sell her friendship bracelets in the tasting room and run through the vine rows as training for her school’s soccer team.
Christine worked at the winery as a college intern and started making wine while she was a senior by selling Apple stock to launch her own brand based in Southern Oregon. She earned the #3 wine on the list of Oregon's Top 50 Wines by Portland Monthly Magazine in her first vintage. She also worked as the Director of Troon Vineyard, which earned the accolade Top 10 Hottest Small Brands by Wine Business Monthly under her leadership.
Her life-long connection and passion to fulfill the founders' dream of making world-class Pinot Noir led her back to the winery where she now leads winemaking and vineyard operations, as well as direct sales and marketing. She is training to replace the Founder/CEO upon his retirement.
Christine's effort to establish a national presence for the winery's Pinot Noir was recently featured in the article "America's Best Value Pinot Noirs" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine (Nov 2015).
In 2015, Christine co-founded a new company division, Oregon Estate Vineyards, with Jim Bernau, dedicated to building boutique wineries on some of Oregon's most intriguing vineyard sites to continue to create and share the Oregon wine story. The first two wineries, Elton and Pambrun, are focused on premium wines made by two of the Northwest's most accomplished winemakers, Isabelle Meunier and Jon Meuret.
Christine is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds numerous wine certifications from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust.