Paul Gates (1960-2017)
Paul started his love of growing grapes and making wine as he grew up in California wine country. He started his lifetime's preoccupation with wine by helping to prune his father's small vineyard at an early age. When he was of age he worked various wine jobs in California including sales, field hand, wine store clerk and assistant winemaker. After receiving his enology degree from California State University Fresno, Paul moved to northwest Oregon and over the years worked as winemaker at several wineries in the region. He began looking for the ideal place to grow Pinot noir, and found it in the rolling foothills southwest of Portland. He named it Gresser Vineyard after his maternal great-grandmother, of German descent.
Paul passed away in early 2017 and left his business to his children, who are continuing to operate Gresser Vineyard and keep it in the family per Paul's wishes.