Bill Sweat, Donna Morris founders of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery with Hospitality and Sales

Founders, Hospitality & Sales

Second careers, a well-planned next chapter, the pursuit of our shared passion – all in some way describe our new life in Oregon. The kernels of Winderlea were spun over milestone birthdays and anniversaries, travels to our favorite wine regions, and nightly dinners with a bottle of wine after good and not so good days at the office.

In the early 90s we fell in love with Pinot noir. Its elegance and sensuality – and the beautiful way it paired with a range of foods delighted us. As we tasted through wines from across the country we found the characteristics we most loved in Oregon Pinot noir. We believe it is due in large part to Oregon’s unique climate and soils paired with the heritage of artisanal craftsmanship and an obsession with making small lots of the highest quality wine. On a practical level we found the Oregon wine community to be a collaborative one – where newcomers are welcomed, tutored and expected to perfect their craft.

In 2006 we relocated from Boston and have made Dundee, Oregon our home. We are committed to continuing the traditions of responsible stewardship of the land and the highest quality artisan winemaking.

Bill Sweat co-founder of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Donna Morris co-founder of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Donna Morris co-founder of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

KC Marold

National Sales & Marketing Manager

A Northwest native and graduate of McMinnville’s Linfield College (go Wildcats!), I had my first foray into the wine industry as a student working part time and finishing my degree in Economics and Studio Art.  The uniqueness of the industry, the opportunities it afforded and the community I was becoming a part of had me hooked.  I spent several years managing hospitality programs before deciding I was ready to see a different aspect of the industry.

With boundless enthusiasm and absolutely zero cellar experience, I headed to Marlborough, New Zealand to do my first harvest.  What was intended to be a six month sabbatical turned into five years, six countries, nine harvests and a lifetime’s worth of experience and memories.

I certainly have not exhausted my desire to travel, and while I am quite happy to be wearing clean clothes and to have found a home back in the Willamette Valley, I love getting out on the road, visiting markets and meeting Winderlea wine lovers across the country.  The winemaking team even lets me in the cellar now and again.

 KC Marold Direct Sales & Marketing Manager of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Scott Nagle

Hospitality Manager

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. 

Scott Nagle

DeAnna Ornelas

Tasting Room Ambassador & Communications Lead

Coming from Kansas, I am a proud alum of my hometown Wichita State University.  After spending my early career in insurance sales, I decided to take a work hiatus to travel through Argentine wine country.   That experience sparked a passion for wine that would lead to a new career, beginning in a wine shop in Wichita, which is where I discovered my love for Oregon wine.

Following a desire to be in the thick of the action, I soon moved west and in April of 2015 joined the team at Winderlea.  When I’m not behind the bar in the tasting room, I love exploring Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Besides a love of wine, my favorite things include laughing incessantly with friends, traveling and Law and Order SVU.

 DeAnna Ornelas Tasting Room & Wholesale Ambassador of Winderlea Vineyard and Winery

Allison Fields

Wine Club & Compliance Administrator

I was introduced to the world of wine while working in restaurants in college in Florida. I was so thoroughly 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. I was enamored by the generous nature of the locals, the down-to-earth and approachable nature of the incredible food and wine scene, and the overall enjoyment of life the culture provided.
 
After graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management, I passed my certified sommelier exam and continued to work managing restaurants and retail wine shops, cultivating a fondness and preference for cool-climate wines and, increasingly, Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay. I 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. I’m now thrilled to be able to work with Winderlea’s hospitality program. When I’m not working with wine, I spend time hiking at the Oregon coast, experimenting with fermentation at home, and watching reruns of Twin Peaks.
Allison Fields

Ken Wytsma

Tasting Room Ambassador

I am an educator at heart. In my earlier career, it was a joy serving as President at a small liberal arts college now known as The Voices School of Liberation and Theology. I have served as adjunct professor at over a dozen colleges and universities which has been a fun outlet for my love for creativity, philosophy and history. I’ve been able to explore a wide range of academic interests through the authoring of five books and articles discussing the topics of creativity, faith, and a theology of justice. It was an honor to have my fourth book, The Myth of Equality, a history of race and faith in America, named one of the Top 5 Religion Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. As an entrepreneur, I planted a church in Bend, Oregon and founded The Justice Conference, which has multiplied to eleven countries. 

My passion for history and a theology of justice have taken me around the world where I was introduced to and developed a love for Pinot noir. Now in my second career, I enjoy living near the orchards and vineyards in the Willamette Valley with my wife, Tamara, and four daughters, finding time to write and combining my passion for history and education as a tasting room ambassador at Winderlea. 

I was drawn to Winderlea by the beautiful location in the Dundee Hills, the focus on quality small-lot production of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, and the unique social focus of Bill and Donna, who donate a portion of tasting room proceeds to healthcare for vineyard stewards and have a commitment to diversity and equity in the wine industry as the second Oregon winery to be recognized as a certified B Corporation. 

Ken Wytsma

Cher Anabo

Tasting Room Ambassador

Seeking sustainability and being inspired by the biodynamic practices in a workplace are what attracted me to Winderlea. Reimagining a full time career in wine, I am enthusiastically bringing it into the forefront and taking my established career in dance education on hiatus.
 
To me, wine is a humanly artistic expression. It is an edible art enfleshed by passionate farmers, growers, and wine visionaries. I love the narrative, the art and passion of wine: it is like dance! I compose dance for a living and I fall in love every minute with the process of dance making and what or who is involved in the collaborative process. Wine making is very process oriented as well! They are both multi-sensorial experiences. Dance making and wine making require lots of sweat, dedication, drive, patience, practice, passion, vision, and love. As finished products: the best are distinctly true expressions of home, beauty, seduction, and life itself.
Cher Anabo

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