Members & Board

Meet Our Board

By embodying our core values of transparency, working in alignment with regional and statewide destination management and wine industry organizations, and a strong impulse to make lasting beneficial connections with both consumers and industry partners, we believe we can carve out a leadership position in a competitive wine marketplace. We aspire to become thought leaders and best practitioners in our space. Please reach out to any of us any time.

Join RVV in building a world-class wine destination.

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Ross Allen

President

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. Today, Ross is owner of 2 Hawk Vineyard, alongside wife Jen, who also own a successful 1,400-acre almond and pistachio farm in Coalinga. With 30 years of commercial agricultural business experience, Ross enjoys focusing on premium fruit production and bringing innovative farming techniques to the vineyard.

President, Rogue Valley Vintners
Former Vice President, SOWA
Board of Directors, Pleasant Valley Water District
Vineyard Manager, Co-Owner, 2Hawk Winery

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Ashley Cates

Vice President

Ashley Cates is a Sonoma valley native and moved to Oregon in 2002 to plant and launch her family winery, Agate Ridge Vineyard. After graduating from University of Oregon in 2010, she and her husband worked in the wine industry in Spain, New Zealand and Oregon.  Ashley was pinned with the Guild of Sommeliers in 2016 and received a Certificate of Commission as an Oregon Tourism Professional from the American Hotel & Lodging Association in 2018.  Ashley feels immense pride and passion for the Rogue Valley and currently serves as the Creative Director for Travel Medford.

Vice President, Rogue Valley Vintners
Former President, Upper Rogue Wine Trail
Creative Director, Travel Medford
Owner, Anchor Valley Wine

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Chad Day

Treasurer

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.

Owner, RoxyAnn Winery
Vice President, Bear Creek Wine Trail
Treasurer, Southern Oregon Wineries Association
Treasurer, Rogue Valley Vintners

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Dionne Irvine

Board Member

After two decades in real estate development, Dionne and husband Doug were excited to embark on an entirely new business venture with Irvine & Roberts Vineyards. As the general manager, Dionne’s 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 they raised their three daughters and hold countless cherished memories.

Owner & GM, Irvine & Roberts Vineyards

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Joe Ginet

Board Member

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

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Barbara Steele

Board Member

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 and member relations. After earning her MBA, Barbara began a career in public accounting and was CFO for Academy Studios, a leading designer/fabricator of exhibits for museums and zoos. 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

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Ashley Campanella

Board Member

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

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Eric Weisinger

Board Member

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

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Darius Price

Board Member

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

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Cal Schmidt

Board Member

Originally from Kansas, Cal moved to the area in 1992 and to Schmidt Family Vineyards in 2000. Owner of 2 family businesses, many of Cal’s family members work closely. His son, Jim, runs North Western Design which manufactures commercial cabinetry. Rene, his daughter, is Tasting Room Manager and Winemaker at SFV. Many of his grandchildren and their spouses work in both businesses. Wine and wine making have always been a passion for Cal and SFV is the realization of a lifelong dream.

Vice President, Applegate Valley Oregon Vintners Association

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Laura Naumes

Board Member

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

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Scott Steingraber

Board Member

Scott Steingraber, owner and winemaker of Kriselle Cellars, began making wine over 20 years ago and discovered the incredible viticulture area of the Rogue Valley Appellation in Southern Oregon. His drive to create wines of exquisite character and quality followed that discovery and forged a new path for Scott. Launched in 2009, Kriselle Cellars quickly became known for its distinctive, premium hand-crafted wines. Scott’s creations enjoy a reputation of excellence, garnering scores and awards from prestigious reviewers and competitions both nationally, and internationally.

Owner and winemaker, Kriselle Cellars

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Dan Marca

Board Member

Dan Marca along with his wife, Cindy, began researching wine and viticulture at UC Davis in 1996, and twelve years later together founded DANCIN Vineyards and Winery. Born in New York City and raised just across the Hudson in New Jersey, Dan landed his first job in food and hospitality at a very young age. After a detour in the construction business, Dan is thankful to be back extending heartfelt hospitality to guests at DANCIN.

Owner, DANCIN Vineyards and Winery
Vice President, Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association

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Brian Gruber

Board Member

Brian Gruber began working with Quady North in 2009 and co-founded Barrel 42 Custom Winecraft with Herb Quady in 2014. Prior to Barrel 42, Brian spent five years at Troon Vineyard, filling numerous roles including vineyard management, winemaking, production, and general management. Brian came to Troon from Capital One, where he had an 11-year career as an executive in the Human Resources, Finance and Information Technology fields. Brian also spent five years in the wine industry in Virginia, creating and managing Walnut Grove Vineyards.

Associate Winemaker, Partner, Quady North

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Steve Eadie

Board Member

Steve Eadie received a degree in Finance with continuing education in accounting, viticulture and oenology. A specialist in budgeting, planning and process design, Steve has led the strategic planning committee for RVV.  In addition to his deep passion for wine and the Rogue Valley, Steve’s an avid outdoorsman and family man.

Controller, Naumes Crush & Fermentation

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Bob Hackett

Board Member

Bob Hackett has been the Associate Director of Travel Southern Oregon since 2017, and was Marketing Manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the 19 years prior. Bob grew up in New Hampshire where he attended Dartmouth College before moving west in 1986, going to graduate school in Montana before choosing to live in Talent’s Wagner Valley in 1998.

Associate Director, Travel Southern Oregon