The Winderlea Vineyard & Winery Team

Bill Sweat and Donna Morris Bio

Bill Sweat and Donna Morris

Winegrowers and Founders

Second careers, a well-planned next chapter, the pursuit of our shared passion – all in some way describe our new life in Oregon. The kernels of Winderlea were spun over milestone birthdays and anniversaries, travels to our favorite wine regions, and nightly dinners with a bottle of wine after good and not so good days at the office.

In the early 90s we fell in love with Pinot noir. Its elegance and sensuality – and the beautiful way it paired with a range of foods delighted us. As we tasted through wines from across the country we found the characteristics we most loved in Oregon Pinot noir. We believe it is due in large part to Oregon’s unique climate and soils paired with the heritage of artisanal craftsmanship and an obsession with making small lots of the highest quality wine. On a practical level we found the Oregon wine community to be a collaborative one – where newcomers are welcomed, tutored and expected to perfect their craft.

In 2006 we relocated from Boston and have made Dundee, Oregon our home. We are committed to continuing the traditions of responsible stewardship of the land and the highest quality artisan winemaking.

KC Marold Bio

KC Marold

National Sales & Marketing Manager

A Northwest native and graduate of McMinnville’s Linfield College (go Wildcats!), I had my first foray into the wine industry as a student working part time and finishing my degree in Economics and Studio Art. The uniqueness of the industry, the opportunities it afforded and the community I was becoming a part of had me hooked. I spent several years managing hospitality programs before deciding I was ready to see a different aspect of the industry.

With boundless enthusiasm and absolutely zero cellar experience, I headed to Marlborough, New Zealand to do my first harvest. What was intended to be a six month sabbatical turned into five years, six countries, nine harvests and a lifetime’s worth of experience and memories.

I certainly have not exhausted my desire to travel, and while I am quite happy to be wearing clean clothes and to have found a home back in the Willamette Valley, I love getting out on the road, visiting markets and meeting Winderlea wine lovers across the country. The winemaking team even lets me in the cellar now and again.

Allison Fields Bio

Allison Fields

Wine Club & Compliance Administrator

I was introduced to the world of wine while working in restaurants in college in Florida. I was so thoroughly intrigued by the balance of food and wine pairings that I took a study abroad to Provence and the Côtes du Rhône, which cemented my desire to make wine my career. I was enamored by the generous nature of the locals, the down-to-earth and approachable nature of the incredible food and wine scene, and the overall enjoyment of life the culture provided.

After graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management, I passed my certified sommelier exam and continued to work managing restaurants and retail wine shops, cultivating a fondness and preference for cool-climate wines and, increasingly, Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay. I made my way to Oregon in the fall of 2019 to work in the cellar at Brittan/Winderlea and to make the Willamette Valley my home. I’m now thrilled to be able to work with Winderlea’s hospitality program. When I’m not working with wine, I spend time hiking at the Oregon coast, experimenting with fermentation at home, and watching reruns of Twin Peaks.

DeAnna Ornelas Bio

DeAnna Ornelas

Tasting Room Ambassador

Coming from Kansas, I am a proud alum of my hometown Wichita State University. After spending my early career in insurance sales, I decided to take a work hiatus to travel through Argentine wine country. That experience sparked a passion for wine that would lead to a new career, beginning in a wine shop in Wichita, which is where I discovered my love for Oregon wine.

Following a desire to be in the thick of the action, I soon moved west and in April of 2015 joined the team at Winderlea. When I’m not behind the bar in the tasting room, I love exploring Portland and my new Pacific Northwest home, where I am settling in quite comfortably. Besides a love of wine, my favorite things include laughing incessantly with friends, traveling and Law and Order SVU.

Scott Nagle Bio

Scott Nagle

Hospitality Ambassador

I have had the pleasure of representing and selling Oregon wines around the world for over 20 years. I’ve been a part of many different facets of the industry and have been lucky to work directly for many Willamette Valley wineries in varying capacities. I have both traveled across the country selling and sharing our wines and also welcomed visitors here- managing hospitality programs that create top notch experiences that speak to what we love about this great area. I have a passion for food, wine, music and adventure. When I’m not cooking and entertaining at home, you will most likely find me skiing in the mountains or riding my bike through this beautiful Valley.

Leigh Bartholomew Bio

Leigh Bartholomew

Vineyard Manager

Taking over farming for Winderlea in 2014 is veteran vineyard manager Leigh Bartholomew. Leigh spent the last dozen years leading vineyard management for Archery Summit before joining Results Partners. She is now managing Winderlea’s 20 acre estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills, as well as the Meredith Mitchell Vineyard in McMinnville, Winderlea’s newest estate property.

Leigh’s background and experience is vast. After gleaning hands-on vineyard experience in both Washington State and Chile, Leigh studied viticulture at the University of California at Davis. Master’s degree in hand, she then traveled the world, working harvests from California to Burgundy and south to New Zealand. Returning to the West Coast in 2000, Leigh became the vineyard manager for Archery Summit. In 2002, she and her husband, Patrick Reuter, planted their vineyard in Mosier and began producing their own wines for their brand Dominio IV.

Leigh is a graduate of the University of California Davis with a master of science degree in horticulture. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in International Studies with a focus on South America. Her experience includes conducting viritcultural research at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA, as a custom-crush manager at Vina Errazuriz & Caliterra in Chile and as a viticulturalist at Cain Vineyard in St. Helena, CA.

Emily Terrell Bio

Emily Terrell

Associate Winemaker

I was first drawn to wine through the window of an Amtrak train crawling through the vast emptiness of central Washington on one of many trips between the University of Washington and my hometown of Sandpoint, Idaho. The odd trailing vines I’d spotted turned out to be Vitis Vinifera, the European wine grape vine, and after many bottles and about 1000 google (and soul!) searches, I was hooked. I wrapped up my undergraduate studies in science and violin, said goodbye to my pre-med friends, and dove headfirst into a Wine Biotech MSc at the University of British Columbia examining differences between yeast strains in Pinot noir fermentation.

The day the 2010 Vancouver Olympics kicked off was also the day that I defended my thesis, packed my backpack and boarded a plane bound for Australia and my first wine harvest on the Mornington Peninsula. Many winemakers fall in love with the craft during their travel years, and I was no exception. I chased new friends, flavors and dreams across the world’s cellars and vineyards, including two 5-month stints in Marlborough and Central Otago, New Zealand, and a very formative harvest in the Northern Rhone Valley that set the tone for a career in winemaking.

I moved to Oregon in the summer of 2012 after a hot and dusty drive across Washington state. I pulled up to a humble but cheery Carlton farmhouse that had a chicken smoking on the patio and a carboy of cider percolating in the kitchen. I felt that I had arrived; that I was home. My first days at the winery the following summer reiterated this sense of community and belonging, and I have been thrilled to grow with the Winderlea/Brittan group and its culture of excellence ever since.