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The People

Alexis Pouillon - vigneron

I prefer Vigneron to Winemaker because my focus is on the cultivation of grapes throughout the growing season not just what is done in the winery. The daily work that is done in the estate vineyard keeps me grounded and in tune with how the vintage is developing. Because of my close connection with the vines during the year, I have a good sense how the wines will taste as they age in barrel through the winter months and into the bottle.

This is what is so important about knowing where and how a wine is made. No two vintages are completely identical and one’s interpretation of the vineyard can be right or wrong depending what signs you see and understand.

How this understanding is captured and fully expressed in the winemaking and cellaring of the wine can only be learned through experience. It takes years and patience.

One can not just purchase grapes from highly respected vineyards and make great wine without first understanding the vineyard’s expression and the individual vintage climatic influences.  Being a Vigneron is a lifetime’s journey, and I hope you join me on this voyage.

 

Juliet Pouillon - owner

I credit my parents with giving me a strong sense of being able to accomplish anything I set my mind toward. I set out early from my family’s farm, ready to shake the hay seeds off and moved to California where I worked as a dolphin trainer. This experience led to an epiphany on a small submarine, where I decided that wide open spaces, dirt and sunshine were where my passions lay.  Since college has been the obvious choice for many aimless American youths, I attended Oregon State University.  Slowly working my way through a degree in Communications and Technical Stage Management, I discovered another great passion: cooking. I like to say that instead of going to school for a cooking degree, cooking put me through school. 11 years of experience in various restaurants doing everything from shucking oysters to making chocolate truffles filled my mind with a sense of what was important to me: good food, great people, and excellent wine. When I met Alexis, we had a common goal in mind: make wine, live life, and love every minute. Even 15 years after beginning our winemaking and lifetime partnership, we still collaborate on the wines and our customer’s experience on a daily basis.  I hope that when you visit us, you feel our love through the wines, the striking landscape, and the laughter of our children

 

 

Teddi Fuller

Asst. winemaker

Teddi began making wine at Domaine Pouillon in 2018. She brought her technical expertise from working in wineries all over the world. Her adventurous spirit has helped us  create new and exciting wines like our Pet-Nat and the upcoming release of a Romato!

Sara Dyberg

Wine club mananger

Sara has been part of the team at Domaine Pouillon since 2016. She has worked in every aspect of the business from website development, social media, tasting room, winery, vineyard and is now our expert wine club manager. She is also an acomplished musician and jeweler.

 

Lorrie Dekay

Tasting room host & complaince expert

Lorrie has been working for us for two seasons in the tasting room and brings her professional experiences from other tasting rooms in the Gorge. She's a powerhouse, world-traveller, advocate, and amazing grandma.

 


Theresa Kimmes

Tasting room host & marketing maven

Not only does Theresa provide excellent customer service, she's also a vineyard owner and home winemaker! Theresa has been helping us in all aspects of the winery for six years and is a joy to work with.

 

Sierra Gerlitz

Administrative Assistant

Sierra grew up on an nearby cherry orchard turned vineyard, which has been in her family since the late 1900s. For years she has worked in various places, such as Seattle, Portland or Orange County, CA, but just recently returned home to the Gorge with her husband, transitioning from the floral business over to the wine industry. She has years of customer service and sales experience. She is a travel enthusiast, which she considers to be her biggest passion.

 

Jesse Schwartz

Vineyard Apprentice

After working three harvests around the world, Jesse is working throughout the season in the cellar and vineyard. He is completing the Winemaking Certificate program from UC Davis to further his enology knowledge. In his spare time, Jesse and his wife Cassie run a wine blog called "Wine Scribes" that highlights small producers around the world like Domaine Pouillon.

 

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