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. 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!
Jenelle Ford Head of Operations
Jenelle is originally from California and located to Oregon in 2010. Her history with the Wrigley’s dates back to her early days in Oregon, meeting John and Jody at the launch of their first vintage before the tasting room was even built. It was love at first taste!
Her background includes business management & operations across several industries including a boutique winery and digital marketing agency. Being well-versed in various marketing channels as well as event and project management, she considers herself a “Jenelle-of-all-Trades” as well as a professional cat wrangler. In her “spare” time Jenelle and her family spend time on their mini-farm, completing renovations on a 100-year-old schoolhouse. When not working you can find Jenelle curled up on the couch with a good book, cooking or at the gym.
Chelsey Leffler Head of Hospitality
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.
Rick Imholte Hospitality Associate
Rick was born and raised in Cincinnati and left to join the Air Force and see the world. After 4 years in Biloxi, MS he returned to civilian life in Redmond, WA. Upon graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Nursing, Rick took to the road in pursuit of an exciting career.
His travels took him back to Ohio, San Diego where he met his wife Janet. With their 2 sons, they moved to Wisconsin. Rick returned to the Air Force and eventually retired in 2007 after spending time in Texas, Florida, Washington, Arizona, and Utah.
Rick and Janet decided to move to McMinnville in 2010 and once arriving got involved in wine tasting and collecting…with great passion! He “retired” again in Dec 2015 and found a spot with the J Wrigley family. We are thrilled to have him on our 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.