John Wrigley Owner, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager
John was raised on the farm and ranch homesteaded by his family in the early 1900s. The ranch was approximately 1200 acres in size and also had cattle, sheep, and hogs. Life’s lessons taught John about farming and taking care of animals. He uses those lessons now to manage and develop his own family vineyard.
The search for the J Wrigley Vineyard began in 2005 and ended with the purchase of the estate property in December 2006. Preparation and planting of the vineyard took an additional two years. Similarly, John’s winemaking experience has been self-taught and fed by a passion for more knowledge on the subject.
His first experience with winemaking was shortly after college with an experiment using plums and other fruit. Gradually opportunities to acquire wine-grapes led to several vintages of purchased fruit from other vineyards.
The 2011 harvest was the first opportunity for John to make wine from estate grown fruit with pint noir and pinot gris finding its way to the barrel. Expressing his true farming heritage, John’s winemaking philosophy is minimal intervention in the winery to allow the vineyard to express itself through the wine.
Above all, John is a family man. He will be the first to tell you his family is what makes all the hard work worth it!
Jody Wrigley Owner
With a long love of wines, Jody met John on a trip to Oregon. It was at that first meeting the two knew they were not only going to share a love of wine, but also a love for each other and building what is now known as J Wrigley Vineyards.
Jody and John have invested their heart and soul in developing this family business. Jody’s mom Sharon plays a prominent role in the tasting room helping with our hospitality team. J Wrigley’s core value is Family and they live this value in every sense of the word. As it is often said, “Planting a vineyard and making wine is a lifestyle!” With the help of their team, John and Jody continue to share their passion with wine lovers One Glass At A Time!
Chelsey Leffler Head of Hospitality and WIne Club Liaison
Chelsey grew up in the Willamette Valley. She joined the US Army and served our country for 8 years. She loves wine and learning all aspects of the process from planting in certain soils to tasting each bottle and everything in between. She is passionate about the Oregon Wine Country and is adored by the people she meets on her wine country journey. You will immediately feel comfortable with her warm and welcoming personality.
Dani Miles Hospitality Associate
Born and raised in Oregon, Dani Graduated from Linfield College in 2006 and married her college sweetheart shortly after. The two established their permanent residency in the Yamhill Valley after falling in love with the beautiful wine country and the small-town connections and relationships they had developed.
As a mother of three, Dani stays busy enjoying time with her kids and family. She is a fitness enthusiast, training and competing in CrossFit, and loves outdoor activities such as running and biking.
With an affinity for good wine, connections with people and the outdoors, she is excited to be a part of the J Wrigley Vineyards team.
Bernadine Marcom Hospitality Associate
Bernadine was born in Los Angeles, lived in Utah for seventeen years, and eventually moved to Oregon in 1998.
She and her husband recently moved to Sheridan in 2016 and are looking forward to getting to know their neighbors and becoming part of this community. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, reading, a good glass of wine, essential oils, trying out new vegan dishes, and taking care of their two goats, 5 cats, and about 25 chickens.
Lastly, she’s very excited about being part of the J Wrigley Vineyards team!
Lyuda Freeman Hospitality Associate
Lyuda is from Lobna, a small village in Ukraine. She graduated with a bachelor and specialist degree in economics from University in Nikolaev. In 2010 Lyuda move to Oregon and fell in love with its beautiful nature and the amazing wines produced here. She enjoys wine tasting, festivals, and serving wine to fellow wine enthusiasts. As your Hostess, she will welcome you with a smile and a great wine tasting experience.
Jen Nyburg Hospitality Associate
Jen is a lifelong Oregonian. She was born and raised in Eugene and now lives with her husband, son and daughter in McMinnville. She loves photography, good food and great wine. She and her husband also enjoy traveling with friends to destination runs, usually including visits to wineries along the way! She loves to entertain and create a welcoming space for her guests.
Elaine Burke Hospitality Associate
Elaine grew up in Perrydale, OR and currently lives on a small farm in Sheridan with her husband and two boys. Her love of wine began when she returned to the valley after a few years away and remembered how much she enjoyed being surrounded by agriculture.