Founder and Proprietor
Bill Stoller spent the first few weeks of his life here on the property and was raised on the family farm outside of Dayton, Oregon. He received a degree in business and economics from Pacific University, as well as an MBA from Portland State University. In 1983, Bill co-founded Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately-held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries. In 2001, he founded Xenium, a human resources outsource company. Success in business has enabled Bill to pursue his passion of wine and to contribute to his community.
True to his Oregon upbringing, Bill sees himself as a custodian of the land he loves, and cares deeply about sustainability and environmental protection. Driven by these values, he sought to create a business that would last for the next two centuries and beyond.
As president, Gary brings to Stoller Family Estate thirteen years of senior leadership in the Oregon wine industry. As a start-up veteran he brings a passion for bleeding-edge technology and pushing boundaries. In 2022, Gary was named one of the Portland Business Journal’s Executives of the Year.
As a devoted historian, he is committed to preserving and sharing our nation’s diversity and heritage. He is also an active foundation board member of the Technology Association of Oregon, and is helping to found “Innovation Academies” for kids. Gary is an award-winning director of two documentary films telling the stories of Oregonians who served in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Vice President of Winemaking
Melissa Burr was raised in the Willamette Valley. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Melissa intended to practice naturopathic medicine before discovering her true passion was in wine. She studied winemaking and fermentation science at OSU and interned during harvest for several local wineries before becoming production winemaker for Cooper Mountain. In 2003, Melissa joined Stoller Family Estate as the winery’s first dedicated winemaker.
In her 17-year tenure with Stoller, Melissa has worked in concert with the vineyard team to oversee the site’s continued refinement. She has helped grow production from 1,000 cases to 60,000 while acting as a steward of Stoller’s legacy.
In 2013, Melissa partnered with Stoller to launch History, a brand dedicated to paying homage to historic vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. The collection will continue to evolve, as she tells more stories about these esteemed vineyards and the people who started them.
Melissa enjoys the creative and natural process of winemaking and the dynamic nature of the Oregon wine industry. The constant evolution of every new vintage pushes her to learn more about her craft.
Vice President of Vineyard Operations
A native of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley, Jason Tosch has made his career farming premium wine grapes. An Oregon State University graduate with a degree in horticulture, focusing on small fruits and berries, Jason has served in leadership roles for the Oregon wine industry’s wine research, and sustainability-focused communities.
In his role, Jason oversees 585-acres across four estate properties, while cultivating relationships with high-end growers throughout the state. With his vineyard team, Jason grows high-quality wines that reflect the vintage. His love of Oregon drives his holistic approach to viticulture and the connectivity to the surrounding forests and biodiversity-rich areas. The growth of the Stoller Wine Group suits Jason’s skillset. His shared core vision will allow the Stoller Wine Group to carefully scale while increasing wine quality and farm-land stewardship.
Vice President of Operations
Born and raised in the Midwest, Ben received his Bachelor’s degree in Fermentation Sciences from Oregon State University. Ben has winemaking experience in New Zealand, India, Oregon, and California. In 2015, after climbing the ranks at King Estate, he joined Stoller Family Estate to bolster the production of the Dundee Hills wine tier and build a new winemaking facility for those wines.
In 2022, Ben was promoted to Vice President of Operations. Under his leadership, the winemaking team launched the Canned Oregon and Chemistry brands. Ben believes that a winemaker’s job is to be as transparent as possible and let the vineyard shine through. To that end, he enjoys making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as they lend themselves to this style of winemaking.
Vice President of Consumer Sales
Tracy began her wine journey in 2000 at Columbia Winery in Washington and became fascinated by the many nuances involved in a grape’s journey from field to bottle. She kept close ties to the wine industry through part-time positions as she honed her sales and management skills in other industries. Tracy joined Chehalem in 2014 as part of the direct sales team. In 2019, she was promoted to Vice President of Consumer sales, overseeing the Chehalem and Stoller Family Estate brands.
Away from work, Tracy enjoys supporting her two boys at their many activities, traveling with her husband, and entertaining friends.
Vice President of Business Development
Born and raised in southeast Portland, James holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a focus in sports marketing from the University of Oregon. James worked with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining us at Stoller Family Estate. He fell in love with the winery the first time he drove up to the estate and saw the breathtaking approach.
Vice President of National Sales
Patrick Hiley has 25 years of experience in the wine industry. He caught the wine bug after many years working in fine dining restaurants in New Orleans, served as a buyer at a high-end grocery store, worked for a large wine supplier covering the Southeast, and eventually as a distributor holding multiple senior positions. When the opportunity to join a family of quality-driven wineries presented itself, Pat jumped at the chance to work for the Stoller Wine Group. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Gretchen, and their three teenage children. Pat enjoys traveling with Gretchen, listening to vinyl, and spending time with friends and family. He holds Certified Wine Specialist accreditation from the Society of Wine Educators as well as Certified Sommelier credentials from the Guild of Master Sommeliers.
Vice President of Communications
Michelle Kaufmann is a powerhouse voice and crusader for the Oregon wine industry, having previously led communications for the Oregon Wine Board before joining the Stoller Wine Group in 2017. In her new role, she oversees all media relations, government relations, community relations, and communications efforts, working in lockstep with the marketing, sales, and production teams. With a knack for storytelling and the gift of the gab, Michelle is on a mission to make the business of Oregon wine a national conversation.
A Portland, Oregon native, Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, focusing on public relations and communications. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley Wineries Association, and the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers, as well as the associated marketing committees. When not working, you can find Michelle exploring the culinary bounty of the Pacific Northwest or devouring the latest indie flick with a glass of wine in hand.
Vice President of Finance
Steve, a native Oregonian, graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Prior to joining Stoller, Steve was the CFO of Willamette Valley Vineyards.
Vice President of Trade Development
Bill brings more than 25 years of wine industry experience to Stoller. He has served as past Chair of the Board of Directors as well as Marketing Committee Chair for LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), the leading certifier of sustainable vineyards and wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Bill has held Certified Wine Educator’s accreditation through the Society of Wine Educators since 2007. In addition to his extensive wine management experience, Bill also brings the skills of a winegrower, as the owner of Libra Vineyard.
Kate Payne Brown
Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kate came to Oregon for her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. She studied science and was intending to work in the Optometry field. However, shortly after graduation the allure of the wine industry changed the course of her career, and she moved to Australia to study at the University of Adelaide, where she completed her Master’s degree in Oenology. After a couple of years making Shiraz and Cabernet, she moved back to Oregon to work for Archery Summit, where she remained for over six years as the Assistant Winemaker. In 2014, she left to work for a French winemaking consultancy and is now thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at Stoller Family Estate.
Karl Weichold has more than a decade of winemaking and enology experience, working with both large and boutique wineries. A graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in biochemistry, he began his career working with several wineries in the Texas Hill Country before relocating to Oregon in 2009 as enologist at 12th & Maple. In 2015, Karl joined Erath Winery as assistant winemaker, where he helped create and implement novel approaches to winemaking across different modes of production in the pursuit of crafting fine Oregon wines. Ready for a new challenge, Karl joined the Stoller Wine Group team in fall 2020 as production winemaker. When not busy making wine, he enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors with his dog, Louie.
The wine bug bit Evan as a teenager when he started working in vineyards in the Ohio River Valley outside Cincinnati. That early exposure lead him to study Botany and Molecular Biology at Miami University. From there, Evan worked harvest at Adelsheim Vineyard, and then spent the next four vintages as Assistant Winemaker at Meier’s Wine Cellars in Ohio, all the while Oregon was calling to him. Crazing some international experience, he went down under to work a harvest at Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, before finally making it back to Oregon in 2016. Working with both Anne Amie and Paul O’Brien Winery, Evan knew he wanted to spend the rest of his career in the North Willamette Valley, and in 2019 his dream came true when he joined the passionate Stoller winemaking crew. Evan is a big wine geek at heart, and he’s fortunate that his hobby is also his profession. When not going down the wine rabbit hole, he enjoys hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and dogs.
Originally from California, Aaron graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay with a degree in environmental science and technology. Shortly thereafter, he found his passion for winemaking while working at Red Car Wine on the Sonoma Coast where he gained a vigneron approach to winemaking. Splitting vineyard and cellar duties developed a deep respect for cool climate winemaking, leading him to the Willamette Valley. Aaron loves the diversity of cellar work that allows him to be a plumber and enologist in the same day. He is happy to be a part of the Stoller team and the amazing Oregon wine community.
Reserve Winery Cellar Master
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Alex became interested in wine while living in Colorado, raising organic vegetables, being a ski-bum, and working at a restaurant in the off-season. As his interest grew, Oregon stood out right away as an intriguing region. Alex decided to try a harvest at a small winery, quickly falling in love with the Willamette Valley and the winemaking process. Since then, he has traveled the world, working harvests in California and Argentina, but Oregon always felt like home. In 2020, Alex jumped at the chance to return to the Willamette Valley and join the Stoller team. He loves the process of shaping wines off our estate and the passion that goes into the vast spectrum of wines he helps craft in the Reserve Winery.
Estate Winery Cellar Master
Known for having a green thumb, DJ knew that his future was in farming from a young age. An Oregon State University graduate with a degree in Horticulture, focusing on Viticulture, DJ has farmed Pinot Noir for world-class vineyards in Sonoma, Napa, New Zealand, and Oregon’s Dundee Hills. It’s fitting that he has joined our vineyard team as his first research field experience was at Stoller Family Estate. When not in the vineyard, you can find DJ on the Oregon Coast listening to Jimmy Buffett and throwing back a couple of oyster shooters, fishing, crabbing, clamming, and hiking with family and friends.
Director of National Brands
Cory joined Stoller as our national sales manager in the fall of 2005. He fell in love with Pinot Noir during his three-year stay in France, and moved to Oregon in the mid-90s, drawn by the natural beauty and burgeoning potential of the Pacific Northwest wine scene. Prior to joining Stoller, Cory worked as a distributor of some of the world’s finest wines.
Southeastern Regional Sales Manager
The wine bug bit Brian while waiting tables at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Nashville, Tennessee during college. Now, more than 15-years later, his career has spanned some of the best restaurants in the southeast and management on both the supplier and distribution side of the wine business, including stints with RNDC, Zonin USA, and Milbrandt Family Wines. Brian has made a lifelong commitment to his craft and continues to develop his skills as both a supplier and wine lover. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, he fell in love with the Tampa, Florida area, where he resides with his family to this day. Brian loves spending time with his family and doing anything active. He is an avid comic collector and loves reading biographies of historical figures.
Southwest Regional Manager
Jeff Floyd fell in love with wine while working for a beer distributor straight out of college. Now with 27+ years in the wine industry, his passion for family-owned wine has only grown. Jeff enjoys spending his time outdoors, either hunting or fishing, with some music on in the background, or gathered around a campfire with friends and glass of bourbon in his hand.
Craig Havlinek has more than 15 years’ experience in the wine industry. His passion for wine began in his early 20s while running the wine department in a local grocery store. From there, he expanded his experience by working for an Oregon winery where he oversaw national and international sales, followed by working in distribution with the fine wine team at Young’s Market Co. where he was awarded “The Best in the West” sales representative for three consecutive years. In August 2019, Craig joined the Stoller Wine Group family, overseeing regional sales. In true Oregon native fashion, his hobbies include roasting coffee, brewing beer, talking about all things wine, cooking, and spending time in the great outdoors with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Lily.
Senior Business Analyst
A Salt Lake City native, Christian Bennett first fell in love with Oregon as an undergrad student at the University of Oregon. During grad school at the University of Utah, he would often pine for his days back in Oregon, dreaming of visits to the coast, hiking at Mt. Hood, listening to live music, and fully indulging in the food and beverage scene. After graduation, Christian quickly moved back and made Oregon home. He entered the wine industry in March 2017 as a tasting room associate at Chehalem, before his business savvy financial skills were discovered. In September 2018, Christian was promoted to senior business analyst for the national sales team.
Director of Wine Clubs
Natalie was first introduced to the wine industry through her husband, Jasha. She instantly fell in love with the tight-knit community of the wine industry and the joy of knowing there is always something new to learn. Originally from a small town in northern San Diego County, Natalie has worked in Sonoma County, California, and Margaret River, Australia. Yet, having spent a lot of time in the Willamette Valley visiting for business and pleasure, she and Jasha knew this was where they wanted to put down roots. Natalie is beyond excited to join the Stoller Wine Group team, working with our outstanding members and curating memorable club experiences. When not at work, you can find her exploring all the Pacific Northwest has to offer, enjoying good food and Brut Rosé, gardening, traveling, learning how to farm filberts (tips welcomed), and chasing after her 90 lb. Bernedoodle, Finn.
Director of Tasting Rooms
Michael Gonzalez is the new director of tasting rooms for Stoller Family Estate. A rising star in the Oregon wine scene, his robust hospitality background has enabled him to reimagine, build, and implement a new service strategy and structure during a global pandemic. Driven by the concept of ‘legacy’ as it relates to the hospitality experience, Michael is passionate about elevating the guest’s onsite interactions and service culture.
Michael gained his training and expertise climbing the ranks of culinary giants, including The Surf Club by Thomas Keller at the Four Seasons Hotel, Alter by Kilgore Culinary Restaurant Group, The Mandarin Oriental, and Volvér by Jose Garces Restaurants. In 2019, he earned his Court of Master Sommeliers Level 2 Certification and relocated to Oregon to join the team at Adelsheim Vineyard. His experience allows him to manage complex tasks under extreme pressure and identify gaps in strategic organizational needs with a swift follow-through on execution.
Director of Hospitality
Born in Bangkok, Victor grew up in Thailand, Singapore, and the United States. With a degree in international politics and journalism from Baylor University, he had a successful 25-year career as a journalist for major newspapers in Texas, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. In 2002, Victor and his partner of 30 years moved to Oregon and quickly fell in love with Oregon wines. After covering the industry as a wine, food, and beer columnist for 14 years, he finally joined the wine industry that he has come to love.
Culinary Director and Executive Chef
Becca started cooking for fun as a kid, destroying her mother’s kitchen in an array of extravagant sandwich and pasta creations for her friends. It wasn’t until Becca turned 19 that she started down the culinary path. Hostess, busser, dishwasher, waiter, line cook, baker, sous chef, bartender, bar manager, chef, Becca did everything she could in the restaurant industry to learn the business.
After several years of hard work and sweat, Becca gained the speed and confidence that pushed her to move to New York City. In 2010, she joined the team at Recette in Greenwich Village in spite of not having any NYC experience. She then went to Flex Mussels and eventually became the savory chef teaming up with the pastry chef.
From there, Becca realized her dream and attended culinary school at International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) where she graduated with honors while working as a captain at Lincoln. The day of graduation, Becca was offered a job as the Sous chef at the Lion and eventually worked to take over as the Chef d’ Cuisine.
In 2017, Becca moved to Oregon to be closer to her family. Shortly after that, she joined Stoller Family Estate. In her role, Becca creates dishes that showcase the harmony between locally-sourced food and wine.
Director of Events
For Melanie, food and bev hospitality is in her blood. Ok, maybe not literally, but she’s always worked in restaurants, so getting her bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University in Hospitality Management was natural. Like most people, Melanie is “from” Las Vegas, having spent most of her life in Sin City. Most recently, she worked on the event planning side of the business for venues like Mandalay Bay and the Four Seasons. Melanie enjoys her work because she’s a foodie at her core, but with event planning, she gets to make wild visions a reality. A recent Oregonian, she considers her position with the Stoller Wine Group her dream job because of the intimate nature of the events we host and the deeper connection to farm-to-table cuisine and award-winning wines. When not at work, you can find Melanie and her husband, Mark, eating and drinking their way through Oregon as they discover their new home.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
A native of Oregon, Michelle Fritts’s Italian roots serve as her base for wine and culinary appreciation. She joined Chehalem in 2018, utilizing her experience in planning and implementing programs for the Portland Rose Festival, the Seattle Mariners, and small start-ups Sharing Spree and NW Star Productions. Her ability to quickly build rapport in the community and build relationships with both non-profits and corporate businesses made her the perfect fit to manage business development at Chehalem. Michelle is also an avid sports enthusiast, as she sits on the Friends of Baseball board, supporting opportunities for youth, on and off the field. She and her husband live in Newberg and are the proud parents of two gents and their beloved four-legged friend, Zeus.
Business Development Manager
A fourth-generation Oregonian born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge, Arianna has always had an adventuring heart, enthusiastically embracing every challenge life throws her. She graduated from the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, intending to practice in the business sector, but she fell in love with southern hospitality. Arianna held various management positions at several top restaurants throughout the south before coming home to Oregon in 2018. Ready for her next adventure, she joined the Stoller Wine Group family in 2020, quickly rising through the ranks before settling in with the business development team. She loves that her role gives her the flexibility to build connections and foster relationships with businesses across the region.
When not working, you can find Arianna exploring new restaurants, hiking, gardening, playing a board game (or two) with her family and friends, or heading off to the river or beach with her puppy, Georgia.
As a native Oregonian with family roots in Newberg, Austin has had his eye on the wine industry for quite some time. Austin has worked for two of the world’s most influential brands at Nike and MTV, and studied New Media Communications at Oregon State University. What drew Austin to Stoller was the team’s vision of innovation and sustainability towards the environment, community, and economy. He is excited to bring his unique perspective into a creative role.
Mindy Gimarelli fell in love with wine while vacationing in the Priorat region of Spain during a cooking school adventure. Raised in Oregon, Mindy spent most of her career in education, teaching Montessori for six years before joining the Beaverton Education Foundation where she supported building stronger classrooms in public schools. At the same time, Mindy spent the last 10 years as a consultant, managing social media platforms for local restaurants, small businesses, and multiple public accounts. With a firm understanding of social media strategy, she left education to follow her passion for wine and joined Chehalem in early 2018. In her free time, Mindy enjoys exploring Portland’s amazing food scene, spending time with her family, and spoiling her Golden Retriever Macallan and Orange Tabby Bubbs.
Digital Marketing Manager
When Stephanie jumps, she does it with both feet. Originally from Austin, Texas, she started college and became an Oregonian on the same day. While in college, the wine bug bit her while working as a student archivist for the Oregon Wine History Archive. Since then, Stephanie has quickly immersed herself in the Willamette Valley wine community working to promote diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion throughout the region.
She now calls NW Portland her home with her partner and three cats, Jane Austen, Hannibal, and Benji. When not working, Stephanie enjoys a good pun, exploring her neighborhood, having deep conversations, and flexing her culinary skills for her chosen family.
Logistics & Purchasing Manager
Born in Santa Cruz, John Vanover spent most of his life in the South. Birmingham, Alabama’s vibrant food and wine culture led him to an 8-year career with a wine distributor. In 2019, John jumped at the opportunity to get closer to the source and to enjoy life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He comes to the Stoller Wine Group with a firm understanding and experience in logistics and operations management. John is inspired every day by Stoller Family Estate’s stunning vineyard and its innovative approach to winemaking.
Growing up on our estate, Kyle has worked with almost every department. He helped the vineyard, assisted with building a fence, cleaned barrels in the cellar, organized pallets in the warehouse, orchestrated both intimate and grand private events, and treated guests to world-class hospitality in our tasting rooms. He enjoys the ever-changing daily roster of tasks, all of which focuses on bringing people and wine together. When not at work, you can find him and Fletcher, his 1-year-old, 70 pound German Shepard puppy, playing soccer or enjoying a great bottle of wine.
Joshua never thought he would work in wine, but after taking an job opportunity at a California winery he quickly discovered this was something he excelled at and enjoyed. He and his family moved to the Napa Valley so Joshua could immerse himself in the heart of the California wine industry, working various jobs in the cellar, bottling, and distribution departments while expanding his palate with many delicious wines along the way. Joshua enjoys that his job requires high attention to detail and organization to provide a quality product, which creates the opportunity to continually improve himself and his team. When a new exciting opportunity came his way, Joshua and his young family relocated to the heart of the Oregon wine industry in early 2021 so he could join our team as Bottling Manager. When not at work, you can find Joshua exploring Oregon through cycling and hiking, and spending time with his family.
Ryan Thornton has spent more than a decade working with wineries throughout the Willamette Valley to increase their quality and efficiency with water. A self-proclaimed “human tool,” he enjoys learning about mechanics and how things operate so he can share that knowledge with and help others. This passion has taken Ryan around the globe, building sustainable irrigation systems, and teaching communities how to best utilize them, with his goal of helping more than a million people with their water needs. When not working, Ryan enjoys teaching scuba diving.
Head of Corporate Gardens
Corinne Gosnell is a rare native of the Pacific Northwest. Over the tenure of her occupation in fine gardening, Corinne has transformed agricultural estate garden practices to develop clean, sustainable, beautiful landscapes throughout the holdings of great wine estates across the Willamette Valley. A keen observer of the unique natural splendor Oregon presents, Corinne has worked tirelessly to advance the B Corp model. She is also a talented floral stylist, translating color theory to the landscape with a tapestry of scented roses, shrubs, fruiting trees, and perennials, which will be used as cutting garden on the Stoller Family Estate grounds. While beautiful, the garden also enhances rare and vital insect populations unique to the Stoller Estate, which Corinne holds so dear as a preservationist of the living environment.
If you asked Cecilia what she wanted to be when she grew up, working at a winery was probably not on the top of her list. But the 25+ year Human Resources veteran is learning how to appreciate the craft one sip at a time. Much like growing grapes or making wine, Cecilia loves knowing that there is no typical day in HR. She enjoys helping others and seeing how her job makes a positive difference to our people and our organization. Cecilia is bilingual and proficient in translating legal documents from English to Spanish, including OSHA, BOLI, and Safety Regulations Law, making her an indispensable member of the Stoller Wine Group. In her spare time, you can find Cecilia spending time with her family, taking long walks with her husband and three dogs, riding tricycles, reading books, watching movies, scrapbooking, designing her own earrings, and of course, enjoying delicious and inspiring cuisine.