Officers & Board Members
Ross Allen is a third generation farmer raised in the San Joaquin Valley. Introduced to wine at a young age he quickly learned to appreciate a
great glass of wine and what is involved to produce it. With 30 years of commercial agricultural business experience he enjoys focusing on premium fruit production.
President, Rogue Valley Vintners
Vice President, SOWA
Member, NWFC local advisor committee Board member, Pleasant
Valley Water District
Owner, 2Hawk Winery
Ashley Cates is a Sonoma valley native who was raised in Germany and has been in the wine industry from a young age. She moved to Oregon in 2002 to help her family start Agate Ridge Vineyard. After graduating from University of Oregon in 2010, her and her husband worked in the wine industry in both Spain and New Zealand. She returned to the Rogue Valley in 2012 and was appointed Marketing Director of Agate Ridge in 2013. Ashley was pinned with the Guild of Sommeliers in 2016 and has a deep pride and passion for the Rogue Valley wine industry.
President, Upper Rogue Wine Trail
Vice President, Rogue Valley Vintners
Board of Directors, Eagle Point & Upper Rogue Chamber
Owner, Cates Consulting
Chad, a fourth generation Southern Oregonian, moved his young family back to Medford for harvest of 2012 in order to take over management of RoxyAnn from his father. Chad’s background in Construction Management and his MBA from Seattle University give him a unique perspective to the winery industry.
President, Bear Creek Wine Trail
Board of Directors, SOWA
Treasurer, Rogue Valley Vintners
After two decades in the real estate field, from selling new homes to the management fast track to starting her own development company with her husband, Dionne was excited to embark on an entirely new business venture with Irvine & Roberts Vineyards. As the general manager of the business, her goal is to communicate the unique character manifested by their vineyard site, which holds special meaning to Dionne not only as an exceptional location to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but also as the place where she and her husband Doug raised their three daughters and hold countless cherished memories. Now, she comes to work every day eager to share their wines with visitors from across the globe, and she looks forward to the endless possibilities the vineyard and winery have to offer.
Owner & GM, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards
Joe Ginet with wife Suzi are the owners of Plaisance Ranch. Joe grew up locally attending Applegate School and Grants Pass High school. He was a 1974 graduate of UC Davis, and purchased Plaisance Ranch in 1979. Established Plaisance Viticulture in 1998 and was one of the World of Wine founders in 2002.
President, Applegate Vintners Association
Owner & Winemaker, Plaisance Ranch
Barbara founded Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden with her husband Bill Steele in 2002. Together, they grow and make Cowhorn wines exclusively from the Cowhorn estate vineyard. Barbara also oversees marketing, sales, events and member relations. After earning her MBA, Barbara started a career in public accounting and began helping companies build stronger financial controls and operations. Her last finance-related position was CFO for Academy Studios, a leading designer/fabricator of exhibits for museums, zoos and aquariums. Prior to founding Cowhorn, Barbara spent several years working with organic farms in California, where she developed their vision for a model agricultural business that enhances the earth and enriches the local community.
Owner & General Manager, Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Ashley has been directly involved in the operations and development of EdenVale Winery from its inception. Ashley opened and managed the tasting room on its first day in 2001. Since then, she has served in numerous roles, including events coordinator for the Voorhies Mansion and Gardens, off premises sales, facilities management, and marketing. Ashley started working in wine production during EdenVale’s inaugural 2001 harvest. In 2008, she earned a promotion to head winemaker, where she has continued EdenVale’s tradition of producing premium wines.
Winemaker, Edenvale Winery
Secretary, Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association
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.
Owner & Winemaker, Weisinger Family Winery
Darius helped build sales for Owen Roe before deciding to move back to Southern Oregon with his young family. He has a passion for alcoholic beverages of all types, constantly seeking to taste, describe and understand
the wide world of wine and spirits. In his free time he enjoys trying other wines, beers, and especially whiskey.
Sales & Wine Club Manager, Quady North
Originally from Kansas, Cal moved to the area in 1992 and to Schmidt Family Vineyards in 2000. Owner of 2 family businesses, he fortunately has 2 children! His son, Jim, runs North Western Design which manufactures commercial cabinetry. Rene, his daughter, is Tasting Room Manager and Winemaker here at SFV. Many of his grandchildren and their spouses work in both businesses as well! Wine and wine making have always been a passion for Cal. Realizing his lifelong dream of owning a vineyard, making wines that are well loved is a great pleasure to him.
Vice President, Applegate Valley Oregon Vintners’ Association
Laura Naumes, chief operating officer, is also vice president of parent company Naumes, Inc. She leads an experienced management team at Naumes Crush, serves on several ag industry-related boards, and is a member of the Oregon State University Board of Trustees. A past member of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Advisory Council, Naumes is on the boards of the Rogue Valley Family YMCA and Asante Foundation.
Owner & Chief Operations Officer, Naumes, INC
Board Member, Asante Foundation