The Family-owned company adds proven industry leaders to fuel its rapid growth
January 11, 2022, Dayton, OR – In a move designed to further propel its impressive growth trajectory, the Stoller Wine Group has hired three key employees to its management team and promoted two other long-tenured directors.
Lindsey Morse has been named vice president of marketing, Michael Gonzalez to Stoller Family Estate director of tasting rooms, and Brian Driver to national sales, southeastern regional manager.
Additionally, former Stoller Wine Group Director of Winemaking, Ben Howe, has been promoted to vice president of operations, with former Communications Director, Michelle Kaufmann, to vice president of communications.
“We believe the future of wine lies in a strong digital footprint, immersive brand experience, and an unforgettable hospitality,” said Gary Mortensen, president of Stoller Wine Group. “Each of these exceptionally talented people allows us to leverage their unique expertise while adding even more depth to our management team. These moves underscore our ongoing commitment to advancing the Stoller Wine Group’s legacy as an innovative company that produces exceptional wines.”
With its portfolio consisting of Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, Chemistry, Canned Oregon, and History, the Stoller Wine Group has quickly earned a reputation as one of Oregon’s most dynamic and celebrated family of wineries. In 2021, the family-owned wine company experienced a 47 percent jump in depletions over the previous year thanks to a 31 percent increase in shipments nationwide. Wines from Stoller Family Estate and Chehalem Winery have placed on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list for the last two consecutive years, while its Canned Oregon Pinot Noir earned Best of Show at the 2021 International Canned Wine Competition.
About Stoller Wine Group
Stoller Wine Group is a family of wine brands from Oregon wine pioneer, Bill Stoller. We take pride in our B Corp certification, knowing that we “walk the walk” when it comes to our goal of building a company that lasts for generations. With our every action, we are active members and supporters in the community, which is why we are proud to be perennially voted as one of Oregon’s most admired companies by the Portland Business Journal. For more information, visit www.stollerwinegroup.com
About Stoller Family Estate
Stoller Family Estate is one of the most highly regarded vineyards and wineries in Oregon. Pioneering Oregonian and Founder Bill Stoller purchased his family’s second-generation farm in 1993 with the vision of cultivating an enduring legacy for the land and Oregon wine industry. Over the last 28 years, he has patiently transformed the 400-acre property into the largest contiguous vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Stoller Family Estate features the world’s first LEED® Gold certified winery, three guest homes and a state-of-the-art tasting room with panoramic vineyard views. Named Oregon’s Most Admired Winery by the Portland Business Journal for seven consecutive years and 10Best Tasting Rooms by USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice poll in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 there has never been a better time to plan your visit. For more information, visit www.stollerfamilyestate.com
About Chehalem Winery
The story of Chehalem is rooted in a deep and abiding reverence for the land. From the vineyards we nurture and harvest to the wine we blend and age – we handle every step with unwavering respect for sustainable practices. We consider ourselves a vineyard winery. We aim to reflect what the vineyard has produced, purely, with minimal processing and without compromising great fruit. A staple of the Downtown Newberg wine scene, our Tasting Room is open seven days a week. Old school winemaking, Oregon style! For more information, visit www.chehalemwines.com
Chemistry is the first collaborative project between Stoller Family Estate and Chehalem Winery. Identifying the opportunity to craft wines that reflect the purity and depth of their Willamette Valley origins, Chemistry allowed our winemaking teams to bond over working with diverse vineyards sites across the region. Balanced, approachable, and elegant, our goal is to make the winemaking imprint as minimal as possible in order to reflect the purity of fruit for which Willamette Valley is known. For more information, visit www.chemistrywine.com
About Canned Oregon
Canned wines are catching fire because the next generation of wine drinkers care about portability as much as they do about quality and value. Canned Oregon is a new brand that was born from the idea that wine should complement every lifestyle you lead. Whether exploring the mountain, relaxing at the beach, or in the city with friends, Canned Oregon evokes a sense of place, adventure, and the endless ways you can experience the Oregon life…wherever you may be. For more information, visit www.cannedoregon.com
Featuring historic vineyard plantings in the Pacific Northwest, History aims to craft limited releases of ultra-premium wines that pay homage to the pioneers of the Oregon and Washington wine industries. Inspired by a storied vineyard now owned by her mother-in-law, Founder and Winemaker, Melissa Burr, started the brand in 2013. She researched other historic vineyards in the Pacific Northwest, curating a collection of truly rare and unique sites. For more information, visit www.historywine.com