Meet the J Wrigleys
Owner, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager
John was raised on the farm and ranch homesteaded by his family in the early 1900s. The ranch was approximately 1200 acres in size and also had cattle, sheep, and hogs. Life’s lessons taught John about farming and taking care of animals. He uses those lessons now to manage and develop his own family vineyard.
The search for the J Wrigley Vineyard began in 2005 and ended with the purchase of the estate property in December 2006. Preparation and planting of the vineyard took an additional two years. Similarly, John’s wine making experience has been self-taught and fed by a passion for more knowledge on the subject.
His first experience with wine making was shortly after college with an experiment using plums and other fruit. Gradually opportunities to acquire wine-grapes led to several vintages of purchased fruit from other vineyards.
The 2011 harvest was the first opportunity for John to make wine from estate grown fruit with pint noir and pinot gris finding its way to the barrel. Expressing his true farming heritage, John’s winemaking philosophy is minimal intervention in the winery to allow the vineyard to express itself through the wine.
Above all, John is a family man. He will be the first to tell you his family is what makes all the hard work worth it!
With a long love of wines, Jody met John on a trip to Oregon. It was at that first meeting the two knew they were not only going to share a love of wine, but also a love for each other and building what is now known as J Wrigley Vineyards.
Jody and John have invested their heart and soul in developing this family business. Jody’s mom Sharon plays a prominent role in the tasting room helping with our hospitality team. J Wrigley’s core value is Family and they live this value in every sense of the word. As it is often said, “Planting a vineyard and making wine is a lifestyle!” With the help of their team, John and Jody continue to share their passion with wine lovers one glass at a time!
Jeff began his wine industry career in 2002 in the Napa Valley starting at Charles Krug Winery in wine production. He eventually transitioned into the hospitality realm working at various wineries in the Napa area. After many visits to Willamette Valley wine country, he and his wife bought an old farmhouse in Carlton made it their permanent home in January 2020.
Elaine spent the first 15 years of her career doing development work for non-profit organizations. Having grown up surrounded by agriculture, she loves exploring the connection between the vineyard and the finished wine.
Elaine grew up in Perrydale, OR and currently lives on a small farm in Sheridan with her husband and two boys.
Head of Hospitality
Kalina grew up in McMinnville, OR and has loved the Willamette Valley her whole life. She graduated from George Fox University in the fall of 2021 after spending a semester abroad in Burgundy, France.
Now, Kalina is looking forward to planting roots with the vines at J Wrigley Vineyards and sharing her love of the Willamette Valley with guests.
Hospitality Associate, Eastern Oregon
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