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Born and raised in Texas, John Weisinger moved to Oregon in the early 1970's to pursue a dream of making wine. In early 1978, John purchased a small farm on the south end of Ashland, Oregon and that summer, with the help of his three children Eric (9), Annie (8), and Sarah (4), planted a small vineyard of Gewürztraminer. In the spring of 1988, John started construction on the winery and by the fall of that year the winery was ready for its commercial "crush." John made all the Weisinger wines from 1988 until 1997 when he passed on the winemaking responsibility to his son Eric. After graduating from college and a year studying in Europe, Eric took over as winemaker, while John focused on the administrative side of the winery as the business grew. John, now retired, lives part time in Texas with his wife, Janie.
Eric Weisinger, Winemaker
Eric Weisinger grew up in the Rogue Valley wine business. From helping to plant the first vines on the property in 1978 to taking over winemaking from his father John in 1998, Eric has had a hand in everything here at the winery. Wanting to expand his experience and winemaking perspective, from 2007 to 2015 Eric split his time between Oregon and the Marlborough region of New Zealand, where his winemaking focus was on Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Today, Eric lives year round in Oregon and is the Weisinger Family Winery General Manager and Winemaker, a job that he loves because as he says, “No two days are the same and there is always more to learn about wine.”
Ian Colbert, assistant winemaker
Ian was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. After graduating from the University with a degree in biology and chemistry, he moved to Southern California and began a 6 year career in the Biotech industry working for a molecular cloning company. Ian’s introduction to the commercial winemaking world began when he took a job working in a cooperage house based in Sonoma county, California. After visiting wineries all over Napa and Sonoma counties, Ian knew he wanted to get in on the art and science of winemaking. That opportunity was realized in 2011, when Ian began working in the vineyard at Weisinger Family Winery, soon after, he moved into the winery, starting as Cellar Hand and progressing to Assistant Winemaker. In 2015, Ian worked as a vintage winemaker in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, focusing on Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Ariel Prescott, office manager
Ariel grew up in the Midwest. Graduating with a degree in Art and Design she worked in screen printing for a short time before returning to school for teaching. After teaching in Colorado for 4 years she moved to Ashland in 2011. Ariel began her career in the wine industry at Weisinger Family Winery in July 2011, as a tasting room server. As the business has grown, her responsibilities have also grown to include managing the office, wine club, and vineyard cottage. She loves the dynamic atmosphere of her work and feels rewarded every day to be a part of the Weisinger Family.
Felipe Romero, TASTING ROOM
Felipe studied engineering at New Mexico State University but quickly realized his passion for the service industry. Having grown up in a home that was always the place of gathering he took what he learned and turned it into a career in food and beverage. After over a decade in the burgeoning restaurant scene in Portland he and his wife, Molly, moved to Ashland to be closer to family and begin raising a family of their own. Their family currently consists of one son, one daughter, one cat, and eight hens.
Alyssa Sharpe, TASTING ROOM / SOCIAL MEDIA
Alyssa Sharpe is from the bay area of California but traveled to Southern Oregon to study computer science and emerging media and digital arts at Southern Oregon University. She helps run our social media accounts along with web development, photography and our tasting room. She is proud to be a part of the Weisinger family, as it has been a rewarding and one of a kind experience!
WILLIAM SMITH, TASTING ROOM
William Smith is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy with over 25 years experience as a food stylist. With long stints in SF, NYC, Chicago, and LA and as a fourth generation Oregonian he's ecstatic being back in southern Oregon. A true lover of food and wine and an accomplished recipe writer. He's excited to start a new chapter with the Weisinger family!