j wrigley vineyards
We view our employees and customers as extended family. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere that welcomes you and encourages participation of the J Wrigley Vineyards. Below is our amazing, current staff of hospitality.
Owner • Winemaker • 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 was born in San Francisco, raised in Bellingham, Washington, and is a graduate of the University of Arizona with degrees in sociology and gerontology. She has worked in the field of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, with post-stroke patients, and in long-term care. 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!
Dani was born and raised in Oregon where she graduated from Linfield College in 2006. Shortly after, she married her college sweetheart and the two established their permanent residency in the Yamhill Valley after falling in love with the beautiful wine country and the small-town connections.
As a mother of three, Dani enjoys keeping with her kids and family. She’s a fitness & Crossfit enthusiast, loves outdoor activities such as running and biking, connecting with people, and has an affinity for good wine.
Bernadine was born in Los Angeles, lived in Utah for seventeen years, and eventually moved to Oregon in 1998. She and her husband moved to Sheridan in 2016.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 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.
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 moveD 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.
Head of HOSPITALITY
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 grew up in Perrydale, Oregon 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 was reminded how much she enjoyed being surrounded by agriculture.