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. As a child and young man, Eric did everything from planting grapes to assisting with winemaking duties. 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.
After the 2006 harvest Eric left the winery to expand his horizons in the wine industry by traveling and working in New Zealand, Australia, and California. Upon his return to the Rogue Valley, Eric began working as a winemaker for the family winery again as well as traveling to New Zealand each year for harvest, but gets home in time for the beginning of the growing season here in Oregon. John, now retired, lives part time in Texas with his wife, Janie, while Eric runs the family business.