November 15, 2018, Dayton, OR – The Stoller Wine Group has promoted Katie Santora to winemaker for Chehalem Winery. In a year of changes for the brand, Katie’s seven-year tenure gives her an understanding of Chehalem’s vineyard sites, and winemaking style, which made her perfect for the position.
“We love to foster the growth of our employees and promote from within our organization whenever possible,” said Bill Stoller, owner and founder of the Stoller Wine Group. “Katie’s leadership throughout the 2018 vintage made it clear to our team that she was ready and excited to take the reins as winemaker.”
“Katie is extremely dedicated to the wines, vineyards and brand,” said Melissa Burr, vice president of winemaking. She is extremely hard working, smart, and passionate. We are thrilled to promote her to head winemaker for the brand and are excited for its future under her guidance.”
Katie, a Utah native, fell in love with wine while attending UC Davis. After completing her enology and viticulture degree, she set out to travel the world and make wine along the way. Ultimately, Oregon, with its exceptional wines and endless outdoor adventures, called to Katie as “home.” She joined Chehalem in 2012 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to associate winemaker in 2016.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to continue the legacy that Chehalem has acquired over the years,” said Katie. “I am excited to continue making smart, structured, long lasting, delicious wines, and follow the small lineage of Chehalem winemakers that I have come to admire.”
About Chehalem Winery
You learn a lot about wine when you’ve been making it since 1990. This unparalleled experience allows us to make classic Oregon wines – wines we’re proud to share. With three unique estate vineyards planted in three distinct designated winegrowing regions of the Willamette Valley AVA, our rich history of innovation, sustainability, and exceptional quality wines is undeniable. A staple of the Downtown Newberg wine scene since 1995, our Tasting Room is open seven days a week. Old school winemaking, Oregon style! For more information, visit www.chehalemwines.com
About Stoller Wine Group
Stoller Wine Group is a family of wine brands from Oregon wine pioneer, Bill Stoller. Its brands and products are based on various price points and distribution models. They include Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem Winery, History, Canned Oregon, and Chemistry. Fun, fast-paced, and progressive, the Stoller Wine Group is always seeking to improve its brands, and company, with a lens towards sustainable. The Stoller Family Estate winery was the first in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification. Both Stoller Family Estate and Chehalem Winery are proud to be two of the six B Corp certified wineries in Oregon. All of its vineyards are certified Salmon Safe and LIVE Certified Sustainable.