Taking over farming for Winderlea in 2014 is veteran vineyard manager Leigh Bartholomew. Leigh spent the last dozen years leading vineyard management for Archery Summit before joining Results Partners. She is now managing Winderlea’s 20 acre estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills, as well as the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard in McMinnville, Winderlea’s newest estate property.
Leigh’s background and experience is vast. After gleaning hands-on vineyard experience in both Washington State and Chile, Leigh studied viticulture at the University of California at Davis. Master’s degree in hand, she then traveled the world, working harvests from California to Burgundy and south to New Zealand. Returning to the West Coast in 2000, Leigh became the vineyard manager for Archery Summit. In 2002, she and her husband, Patrick Reuter, planted their vineyard in Mosier and began producing their own wines for their brand Dominio IV.
Leigh is a graduate of the University of California Davis with a master of science degree in horticulture. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in International Studies with a focus on South America. Her experience includes conducting viritcultural research at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA, as a custom-crush manager at Vina Errazuriz & Caliterra in Chile and as a viticulturalist at Cain Vineyard in St. Helena, CA.
A veteran of the wine industry since the early 1970s, I began making wine in my dorm room while I attended Oregon State University. I began my professional winemaking career in the Central Valley of California and after several years of work experience went back to school to earn an enology degree at the University of California at Davis. After graduating, I moved to the Napa Valley, where I made wines for Far Niente Winery, St. Andrews Vineyard and Stags’ Leap Winery. I have also served as a viticulture/ winemaking consultant for projects in Oregon, New York, Texas, British Columbia and France. To study the origins of my favorite varietals, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah, I have been fortunate to visit Burgundy and the Northern Rhone numerous times.
While working in Napa Valley, I also owned and farmed my own vineyards, growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay that I was able to sell to top Napa producers. During this period I made small amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay under my own label.
When I joined Stags’ Leap Winery in 1988, I was tasked with restoring the 19th Century estate. To match the terroir and preserve the distinct individuality of wines made from this site, I conducted extensive research into the genealogy of the vines and the geology of the property. To accomplish this I worked with UC Davis biotechnology and genetics researcher Dr. Carol Meredith on DNA profiling techniques to meticulously replant this historic vineyard.
In 2004, I left Stags’ Leap to pursue my lifelong dream of focusing on Pinot Noir and Syrah from unique sites in cooler climates. In December of that year I purchased 128 acres in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where I am growing Pinot Noir and Syrah for my own label, Brittan Vineyards, and acting as consulting winemaker for Winderlea. I am fortunate have 30-plus years of winemaking and viticultural experience, bolstered by an undying passion for balanced and elegant wines that express a unique sense of place.
I was introduced to the world of wine while working in restaurants in college in Florida. I was so intrigued by the balance of food and wine pairings that I took a study abroad to Provence and the Côtes du Rhône, which cemented my desire to make wine my career. After graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management, I passed my Certified Sommelier exam and continued to work managing restaurants and retail wine shops, all the while cultivating a fondness and preference for cool-climate wines and, increasingly, Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
I fell in love with winemaking after working my first harvest, and spent the next 6 years working in cellars and vineyards across the country (even in Florida!). Eventually I finally made my way to Oregon in the fall of 2019 to work in the cellar at Brittan/Winderlea and to make the Willamette Valley my home. After working in so many different facets of the wine industry, I’m now thrilled to be able to work with Winderlea overseeing operations and logistics. When I’m not working with wine, I spend time experimenting with baking projects, hiking at the Oregon coast, and watching Dario Argento films.
My love of wine started young, thanks to my parents. I grew up in Southern California and for my 21st birthday they took me wine tasting in Los Olivos. Those few blocks of central California wine country is the experience that inspired my need to know more about wine, and I began to enjoy different varietals wherever I traveled. I am very lucky to have been in the hospitality industry since I was 16 years old, giving me a true appreciation of food, wine, and service while allowing me the flexibility to relocate and travel. After a short visit to Portland on vacation I fell in love—I called my best friend while still there and asked her if she wanted to move. Four months later we were apartment hunting. I’d been in love with Oregon wine from afar but this move allowed me to explore Newberg and all that the Willamette Valley has to offer. I was first introduced to Winderlea in 2015 and became a club member on my very first visit. It quickly turned into my go to place to bring friends and family. When not drinking wine I spend my time foraging for truffles and mushrooms, spending time with friends, pet sitting, and reading fiction.
Teresa is a born-and-raised Willamette Valley native. Wine country has been in her backyard since it began. Teresa and her family have been entrenched in the communities surrounding wine country as long-time business owners, as she has focused her career in wine country real estate for the past 20 years. Currently Teresa is focused on enjoying wine and guiding people through learning and enjoying wine as well. Family is the most important thing in her life, currently raising her teenage daughter and enjoying supporting her through her musical and theater endeavors. Mostly, Teresa is just excited to be a small part of Winderlea’s awesome team!
I am a native Oregonian who grew up in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. I went to college and played basketball at both Linfield College and Western Oregon University. After graduating, I started my teaching career in San Diego, but soon found my way back to Oregon. After many drives out to wine country, I quickly fell in love with the area and my passion for wine started to grow. I enjoyed soaking up what I could from each visit and began studying about wine on my own. My husband and I moved to the Dundee Hills in 2012, and after 13 years of teaching, as well as serving as an Athletic Director, I decided it was time to turn my passion into a reality. In the beginning of 2016, I started my career in the wine industry and have been loving every minute of it.
When I’m not working in the tasting room, I take time to enjoy the many adventures that the Pacific Northwest has to offer – hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time on the Oregon Coast.I also enjoy gardening, landscaping, and of course, just having a glass of wine on my deck!
Director of Sales
I have had the pleasure of representing and selling Oregon wines around the world for over 20 years. I’ve been a part of many different facets of the industry and have been lucky to work directly for many Willamette Valley wineries in varying capacities. I have both traveled across the country selling and sharing our wines and also welcomed visitors here- managing hospitality programs that create top notch experiences that speak to what we love about this great area. I have a passion for food, wine, music and adventure. When I’m not cooking and entertaining at home, you will most likely find me skiing in the mountains or riding my bike through this beautiful Valley.
Hospitality and Tasting Room Manager
I was born, raised and went to college in Kanas. After spending my early career in insurance sales, I decided to pursue my passion for wine, which soon led to a new career, beginning in a wine shop in Wichita. This is where I discovered my love for Oregon wine and soon moved west. In April of 2015, I joined the team at Winderlea as a tasting Ambassador and since 2021 as Tasting Room and Hospitality Manager. Everyday I get to work with beautiful wines, stunning vineyard views and hardworking people of which fully embody Winderlea’s values.
During this time, I’ve had the opportunity to combine my love of wine with my passion for social justice, becoming a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Willamette Valley. In May of 2019, I worked to spearhead the first ever, comprehensive DEI training for wineries in the Willamette region, a joint venture among multiple producers. I’m also honored to serve as the current President of AHIVOY whose mission is to strengthen the Oregon wine community by empowering vineyard stewards through education. I’m a WSET level 3 certified wine industry professional who believes in the power of personal narrative to bring about a more equitable wine industry.
One of my life’s credos is liberal arts majors can learn to do anything. Buoyed with my degrees in History and Finance, in 2005 I boldly decided to learn about viticulture and enology in order to one day direct winemaking at Winderlea. I took the first class of the on-line program at UC Davis prior to moving to Oregon and upon arrival took the Vineyard Management and Winemaking classes at Chemeketa Community College’s Wine Studies program. This provided my foundation in learning what it takes to manage a vineyard and to make wine. I’m usually honest with myself about what I don’t know and have been fortunate to surround myself with incredibly talented, and classically trained wine growing professionals including our consulting winemaker Robert Brittan, our viticulturist Leigh Bartholomew, and biodynamic® consultant Philippe Armenier, and a number of associate winemakers, including Emily Terrell. I’m proud of the advancements we’ve made in farming our estate vineyard Biodynamic® since 2009 and have seen the same type of improvements in vineyard health and wine quality as I’ve applied those same practices to the Meredith Mitchell and Worden Hill Vineyards over the past decade. There is still a lot I don’t know and so my education continues as each vintage provides us with new challenges and opportunities.
I was first drawn to wine through the window of an Amtrak train crawling through the vast emptiness of central Washington on one of many trips between the University of Washington and my hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho. The odd trailing vines I’d spotted turned out to be Vitis Vinifera, the European wine grape vine, and after many bottles and about 1000 google (and soul!) searches, I was hooked. I wrapped up my undergraduate studies in science and violin, said goodbye to my pre-med friends, and dove headfirst into a Wine Biotech MSc at the University of British Columbia examining differences between yeast strains in Pinot noir fermentation.
The day the 2010 Vancouver Olympics kicked off was also the day that I defended my thesis, packed my backpack and boarded a plane bound for Australia and my first wine harvest on the Mornington Peninsula. Many winemakers fall in love with the craft during their travel years, and I was no exception. I chased new friends, flavors and dreams across the world’s cellars and vineyards, including two 5-month stints in Marlborough and Central Otago, New Zealand, and a very formative harvest in the Northern Rhone Valley that set the tone for a career in winemaking.
I moved to Oregon in the summer of 2012 after a hot and dusty drive across Washington state. I pulled up to a humble but cheery Carlton farmhouse that had a chicken smoking on the patio and a carboy of cider percolating in the kitchen. I felt that I had arrived; that I was home. My first days at the winery the following summer reiterated this sense of community and belonging, and I have been thrilled to grow with the Winderlea/Brittan group and its culture of excellence ever since.