Amy Wesselman (Wes) and David Autrey (trey) are winemakers to the core. Both earned degrees in Philosophy from Reed College and we suspect that weighs heavily on their approach to winemaking. You might say that, as much as they chose wine, wine chose them. Their first harvests in Oregon were 1989 for David and 1991 for Amy, and both winemakers bring a deep understanding of the seasons, the soils, the terroir, and the unique grape growing and winemaking conditions of the Willamette Valley to their craft. They really love the whole thing - all aspects of grape growing and winemaking - they embrace the entire process. The end product is important, but it's not the be all end all. The beauty of their work is not necessarily any one bottle, but the stops along the road. Vintage after vintage, there's something told, something different - a subtle variation, a radical change in direction.
Westrey's first vintage was in 1993, and they continue to operate out of a plain cement building down a gravel road in McMinnville. The scenery is of cell phone and powerline towers, with a bit of railroad added for even more industrial flavor. Out of such unlikely quarters come superb wines.
Amy's "day job" is executive director of the International Pinor Noir Celebration (IPNC), an annual gathering of Pinot lovers and winemakers.