Meet the Staff at the Wetzel Estate Winery

At Wetzel Estate you will find winemakers and tasting room managers who are knowledgeable and committed to their craft.

Andreas Wetzel

Andreas Wetzel

Owner and Winemaker

Since the inception of the winery, Andreas has been producing award-winning wines.  He emphasizes pairing wine with food in a way that enhances the experience of both. His philosophy has always been to provide premium, limited-production wines at a great value.

Mark Skoglund

Mark Skoglund

Assistant Winemaker

Mark began his winemaking career in California in the laboratory performing wine analytics.  From there he moved to upstate New York where he developed his practical winemaking skills.  In his current role, Mark is responsible for every step of the winemaking process, from grape to bottle.

Alma Carrillo Garcia

Alma Carrillo Garcia

Tasting room lead

Alma has been in the Wetzel Estate Tasting Room for a year, sharing her knowledge of the wine while enjoying the camaraderie of customers and staff. She always has a bright, welcoming smile and is bilingual-Se Habla Espanol. She is a doting and loving mother of two young sons, as well as a great cook. She looks forward to sharing her excitement about the Wetzel Estate line of wines and their food pairings with whomever visits!

Katie Melton

Katie Melton

Marketing Manager

Katie strives to advance the consumer experience by finding opportunities to share our wines. The availability of these award-winning, quality wines offered under the Wetzel Estate Wines umbrella continues to grow across the United States and internationally. 

Kim Rickard

Kim Rickard

Office Manager

Kim can be seen in the tasting room but spends most of her time behind the scenes managing the day-to-day administrative responsibilities that keep the winery running efficiently.

Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez

Vineyard Foreman

Juan oversees all vineyard operations, from pruning the vines to harvesting the ripe, delicious fruit.

Richard Dal Porto

Richard Dal Porto

Cellar Master

A fourth-generation descendant of a Napa grape-growing family, Richard ultimately returned to his roots, obtaining a viticulture degree from Oregon State University in 2015. Since that time he has honed his winemaking skills while employed at various wineries. He is excited to continue the journey at Wetzel Estate Winery, where his contributions and comfort extend from the vineyard to the cellar. 

Kennedy Hill

Kennedy Hill

Tasting room associate

Kennedy, a recent Western Oregon University graduate, is excited to share her growing wine knowledge of the Wetzel Estate product line with our customers. Wine-food pairings are a favorite of hers. Stop by and she will provide you with fabulous menu suggestions while you experience the wines firsthand.