The Fullerton Wines Team

Alex Fullerton Bio

Alex Fullerton

Owner ~ Winemaker

The phone rang. Alex Fullerton’s preschool teacher was on the line. “Is everything alright at home?” she inquired.

“Why. . . yes. Why do you ask?” responded Susanne, Alex’s mother.

“Alex keeps swirling his milk and spilling it. I’m concerned about him.”

After swirling his way through his childhood and adolescence, Alex Fullerton officially started his career in wine working as a cellar hand for Penner-Ash Wine Cellars and Bergström Wines. He came into the world of winemaking with scientific curiosity and a deep appreciation for wine’s ability to transcend language, culture, and place. His family’s journeys through Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, and other Old World regions instilled a deep respect for the art and culture of wine and winegrowing. Alex first learned the winemaking process through hands-on work in the winery, and by asking mentors like Josh Bergström and Lynn Penner-Ash an uncountable number of questions about tending vines and making wine.

Alex studied viticulture and enology at Oregon State University. Having already developed a substantial understanding of wine production, he took full advantage of his time in the classroom to further explore the art and science of winemaking. “I was able to delve deeper into the subject because of my experience, and more confidently focused on topics that interested and challenged me.” He strives to achieve a balance between his first-hand experience and his classroom knowledge in order to make authentic, age-worthy wines that speak the language of this place—the Willamette Valley.

As with many things, Alex believes less is more. Grapes can make wine naturally, with a little help from yeast of course. This reality, in conjunction with Alex’s experience tasting hundreds of fermentations (both inoculated and spontaneous), guides him toward a preference for spontaneous fermentations. Additionally, Fullerton Wines eschews fining, resulting in vegan-friendly wines. Select wines will receive cross-flow filtration if they show they benefit from the process.

Alex’s winemaking philosophy emanates from his respect for vineyard sites. Working as a guide, he helps the grapevines produce concentrated, balanced, and healthy fruit. Stylistically, Alex crafts elegant, distinctive, and age-worthy wines with lively acidity, graceful tannins, and a tight core of fruit, accompanied by layered secondary notes. The finished wines speak profoundly while reflecting the vineyard and the vintage. His style also enables the wines to evolve gracefully over time, and pair beautifully with food.


Eric Fullerton Bio

Eric Fullerton

Owner ~ Associate Winemaker

Eric helps tend fermentation and élevagein the cellar, and nurtures the estate Ivy Slope Vineyard. He also manages national sales efforts.

Susanne Fullerton Bio

Susanne Fullerton

Owner ~ General Manager

Susanne manages the daily operations for Fullerton Wines, serving as the point person for accounting, and coordination with our industry partners.

Caroline Fullerton Bio

Caroline Fullerton

Designer

Caroline works as a material designer for Nike by day, but functions as a creative designer for Fullerton Wines by night.

Filip Fullerton Bio

Filip Fullerton

Vineyard Assistant

Filip attends Seattle Pacific University and fills in at the winery and vineyard as a cellar/vineyard-hand. When he is not playing basketball, he can be found tending Ivy Slope vines or helping Alex with other tasks.

Matt Wieland Bio

Matt Wieland

Communications & National Sales Manager

A wine writer and enthusiast with a background in English and teaching, Matt spearheads communications, national sales, and works harvest and crush in the winery.

Casey Chamberlin Bio

Casey Chamberlin

Tasting Room Manager

With prior experience working for high profile Willamette wineries as well as stellar Portland and New York City restaurants, Casey manages all Oregon sales for Fullerton, both at the tasting room and through distribution in Oregon. You can’t miss his high energy and radiant personality.

James Tipton Bio

James Tipton

Cellar Master

With prior experience in Sonoma, James works as Cellar Master, taking care of day-to-day operations in the winery, while also helping in the vineyards when needed. You’ll occasionally be lucky enough to catch him at the tasting room, where he helps when he has time.

Brandon Jacobs Bio

Brandon Jacobs

Logistics Manager

With prior experience in Napa, New Zealand, and the Willamette Valley that includes serving as Lab Technician at Robert Mondavi and Enologist at Fess Parker, Brandon coordinates all cellar logistics for Fullerton Wines while also assisting with winemaking. In his spare minutes, he applies his photography and videography skills.

Phoebe Bio

Phoebe

Winery Dog

Phoebe is our official winery & vineyard dog, and our unofficial inspiration. She loves nothing more than sprinting through the vines, and greeting guests.