OUR PEOPLE

Winemaking Team
Global Sales
Estate Sales
Administration
Farming Team
Founders

Stewardship: the job of supervising or taking care of something, such as an organization or property.

At Cristom, all of our employees are stewards of this place and the land.

Winemaking Team

Tom Gerrie – Owner & Winegrower

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Tom Gerrie is the Winegrower and second-generation owner of Cristom Vineyards. Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tom’s parents, Paul and Eileen Gerrie, founded Cristom in 1992, and moved the family west to the Willamette Valley.

After graduating from the University of Washington, Tom went on to work harvests at a number of wineries that have inspired and influenced him, including: Bethel Heights Vineyard in the Willamette Valley; Domaine François Mikulski of Meursault in Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune; and Brian Croser’s Tappanappa Wines in the Adelaide Hills and Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley of Australia.

Tom joined the Cristom Vineyards production team full-time in 2007 and became majority owner in 2012, at which time he began overseeing all aspects of production, both in the winery and in the vineyard. He began transitioning the estate to Biodynamic farming in 2017, and is working hard to lead and build on the foundation of the great winegrowing team his father assembled, and inspire innovation to drive the company forward with a 100-year vision.

Daniel Estrin – Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

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Despite growing up in the Willamette Valley Daniel had no early exposure to wine until 2000 when his car broke down in LA and he took a job stocking shelves at The Wine House. With a little help from his Uncle Mark (founder Red Car Wines) Daniel developed a passion for the craft. After a couple of harvests at Red Car he found his way to Craggy Range in New Zealand where he became intoxicated with the idea of making wine as a life-long pursuit.

In 2012, he graduated from Cal Poly,San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Viticulture, and minors in Soil Science and Plant Protection. Soon after, Daniel accepted a highly coveted internship at Littorai wines. It was at Littorai that Daniel truly found his place in the wine world. For seven years Daniel worked under Proprietor/Winemaker, Ted Lemon. Rising through the ranks Daniel became Associate Winemaker and helped push forward Littorai’s biodynamic program by bringing animals to the property and creating fertility on the farm. In addition to Littorai he has been grateful to have worked at Mount Langi Ghiran, Domaine de la Cote, Bodega Chacra and Burn Cottage.

In July 2019, Daniel returned to his Oregon roots with his wife and two pups to work for Cristom. Through partnership with an incredible team, he hopes to make Cristom a more self-sustaining farm and craft wines to tell that story.

Steve Doerner – Winemaker

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In 1992, after working for Calera (a California Pinot Noir producer) for 14 years, I was ready for a change. I identified two goals to help determine where I wanted to work next. First, I wanted to continue making Pinot Noir, and second I wanted to work for a small company. It didn’t take much persuasion from Paul Gerrie to convince me that Oregon was the place and that Cristom was the company. At the time it seemed like a hard decision but it’s been twenty years now, and I’ve never looked back.

My goal is to make wines that have balance, wines that have weight and power and finesse and elegance. I’ve honed my craft by traveling and studying winemaking around the world. I’ve been to Chile, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. But Oregon is always home and I like working at Cristom because it’s so varied. My work is influenced by the seasons and by a constant desire to meld the art of winemaking with the terroir of the Willamette Valley. Of course I’m incredibly proud of our Pinot noirs, but also of our exceptional Chardonnay, Viognier, and Syrah.

Andy Zorzi of Cristom Vineyards

Andy Zorzi – Assistant Winemaker

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My first harvest with Cristom was in 1996. I met Paul Gerrie at the coffee shop I used to manage in McMinnville. We bonded over a shared love for sports and dogs.

After working as a harvest intern I became Assistant Winemaker.  Even after all these years at Cristom, I’m still excited. I love chatting with visitors to the winery and like to point out the songbirds or hawks circling above the vineyards. I am very proud of the great Cristom wines we produce every year.

Chris Butler – Assistant Winemaker

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Chris’ path towards the world of wine began from an unlikely place: a History Channel show on the history of beer. Inspired, he bought a handful of books on brewing, and after a sufficient amount of reading, he proceeded to destroy his parents’ kitchen. A few years of homebrewing led to the pursuit ofa B.S. in Fermentation Science and a B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University. There, Chris attended classes on winemaking and wine analysis, and being taken by the seasonal nature and variability of the wine industry, his focus shifted towards winemaking.

After graduation, Chris worked harvests in Washington and New Zealand’s Marlborough region, before enrolling at UC Davis in theViticulture and Enology Masters program. Since completing his coursework and research thesis at UCDavis, Chris has worked harvests at Selbach-Oster in Germany, Leeuwin Estate in Australia, and Chehalem Winery here in the Willamette Valley.Chris and his partner have finally planted roots in the Willamette Valley, and they are thrilled to be apart of the passionate winemaking community here. Chris joined the Cristom winemaking team in 2019 as our Enologist and Cellarmaster and was quickly made Assistant Winemaker. He looks forward to continuing the Cristom tradition of crafting wines that are expressive of time and place.

Alana Birkeland – Cellar Master & Farm hand

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Global Sales & Marketing Team

Randy Ford – Vice-President of Sales & Marketing

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Randy comes to Cristom after spending 10 years with one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading wine producers, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Sales.  He began his wine career in the restaurant business before spending 12 years in distribution, earning a master level wine certification in 2004.  Randy brings tremendous passion for fine wine, and a natural ability to teach, guide and grow markets.  He is a relationship builder, and outstanding communicator with a knack for telling the stories that create attention, relevance and staying power in the international market.  Everywhere Randy has worked, he has left growth, success, and deep working relationships in his wake; sincerely, he is one of the finest wine executives in the country.  Based in Florida, Randy will be a presence on the east coast further developing some of the strongest business relationships we have in the country.

Cameron Scott – Regional Sales Director Eastern United States

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Cameron has 30 years of highly successful wine sales, and food & beverage management experience. As a longtime veteran of our industry, he has an in-depth understanding of all levels of distributor management; equally adept at managing from executive levels of our largest distributor partners through the mid-tier distributor level to our valuable individual broker network; with a proven track record across the board. His experience in all channels of market sales has chiseled Cameron into a true champion for Oregon for at least the past two decades, while forging strong relationships throughout the Country.

A native of the Chicago area, Cameron and his lovely wife Amanda have been married for 12 years and have a beautiful eight-year-old daughter named Addison. They live in Ft. Lauderdale where they enjoy the ocean and lots of outdoor activities. And on Sunday’s in the fall when his travel schedule allows, several hundred lucky people will stand in line and enjoy watching Cameron apply his culinary craftsmanship for what is always one of the most popular tailgate parties at Miami Dolphin games!

Nancy Vuylsteke – Marketing Manager

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“I am thrilled to be part of the team here at benchmark producer Cristom where the Land is the star of the show!”

Nancy’s career spans over 20 years dedicated to the world of food + wine. She describes herself as a lover of all-things-culinary as evidenced through her pursuits. Nancy is a trained chef and has been an entrepreneur and winemaker as the founder of a boutique wine brand. Previous roles range from Culinary Development to Marketing and Commercialization.

While her interest in food was nurtured from an early age through her immigrant mother’s cooking, her passion was ignited in college. A World Cuisine class proved pivotal- she realized that the table is a place of study, conviviality, unison, AND replete with limitless stories. Internships with niche Oregon agriculture companies opened her eyes to future possibilities. Naturally, her appreciation for food evolved to wine, even more so when she met her future husband who happened to be a winemaker.

Nancy holds a BS in Nutrition & Foods from Oregon State, an MBA from George Fox University, and a Culinary Arts degree from Oregon Culinary Institute. The last degree was a bucket list item and completed while raising two small children and growing a business! Professional courses at the CIA in Napa Valley and wine certifications through WSET have provided a deeper dive.

There is no question that her most rewarding role of all is that of Mom. In her free time, she enjoys experimental cooking projects and outdoor adventures such as crabbing and skiing with her family. Nancy also devotes time to select causes she champions, related to education and inspiring youth.

Estate Sales & Hospitality Team

Margo Caramella – Director of Estate Sales & Experiences

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Born in Central Oregon, by the time I was 21 I traveled to 21 different countries. This all started when I was 8, my parents took my brother and I to visit our relatives in Northern Italy. That trip consisted of backpacking through 10 countries around Europe and learning the local cuisines and cultures. Wine was always an extension of the meal. I remember I was allowed to taste wine during those long multi-course Italian afternoon meals. Italian wines have always been my go-to besides Pinot.

When I moved to the Willamette Valley, I learned there was a local winegrowing industry in my backyard. I jumped right in by taking a food and wine pairing class at the local University. Luckily I didn’t have to be 21+ to take this class as a school credit. I was 20 at the time and was able to taste the flight of wines, write notes, then take the wines back to the culinary arts kitchen and create recipes. Each class ended with a wonderful plate of food and the same flight of wines to pair and take more notes. I always thought I hated mushrooms until paired with a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir. I was hooked! I enrolled in viticulture classes, soils & plant nutrition, winemaking, as well as wine marketing.

I immediately started working for a local winery and worked my way up learning many aspects of the business. For the past 6 years I have been hosting educational wine experiences, assisting with wine club management and general operations of a small winery in the Dundee Hills specializing in whole-cluster Pinot Noir. I began with Cristom Vineyards in July 2019 and enjoy taking long adventures in our many vineyards on the estate. I always knew I would end up in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA where the winds rush from the pacific into the Willamette Valley. I love sharing the history and geography of this amazing wine country when guests visit the winery from far and near.

Gaironn Poole – Director of Membership & Education

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Growing up with her Father in the Texas wine industry, Gaironn thought she knew wine. It wasn’t until 2002 when started coursework for her Sommelier that she realized she didn’t know much at all. Her BS in Zoology from Texas A&M can at times be helfpul, though it’s more often  her experience in managing a retail wine department, running a wine program for some of Portland’s top restaurants as a Sommelier, selling wine for Oregon’s most prestigious wholesale distributor, and finally co-running a winery with a sales focus, that gives her a wide perspective most days. With an eye for numbers, a logical mindset, and plenty of passion, she delights in helping launch new programs while extending the warm hospitality our region is known for. She is thrilled to be part of the Cristom Vineyards team as she sees it as “the North star of the Valley”.

Mitch Conley – Hospitality Assistant Manager

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Administration

Steve Thomson – CEO

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A native of the Chicago area and a graduate of the University of Illinois. Steve has 28 years of wine industry experience, which followed a successful 12-year career as a Restaurateur and Hotel Industry Food & Beverage Director. For 17 years Steve was with Oregon’s King Estate Winery, from 2007 as Executive Vice President. Prior to that he was a General Sales Manager and Regional Director for two of America’s leading wholesalers based in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

Appointed to the Oregon Wine Board in 2012 by Governor John Kitzhaber, Steve served as Chairman of the Oregon Wine Board and President of the Oregon Winegrower’s Association in 2017. He currently serves as vice-chairman of the OWB Export Committee and is on the board of the Northwest Wine Coalition. Steve has served on the advisory committee of Chemeketa College’s Northwest Center for Wine Studies since 2004. He was also on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Wineries from 2006 to 2016 and the Oregon Wine Marketing Coalition from 2001 to 2004. He had the honor in 2012 of testifying before the US Senate Finance Committee on behalf of the US wine industry on the topic of US Agriculture’s Global Competitiveness. In 2013-2014 Steve represented the Oregon wine industry on the Governor’s privatization task force.

Steve has studied at UC Davis, Wharton, and The Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has been a Senior Advisor for one of the wine industry’s premier consulting firms. In his spare-time he is a grape-grower in Walla Walla as an owner of the ‘Octave’ Vineyard, where each year he and his family produce a highly regarded small lot Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pam priest – Director of Administration & Accounting

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My official title is “Office Manager” only because “Full Time Multitasking Ninja” is not an actual job title. 

Being an Oregon native, it almost seems natural that I’m part of such a fine winery as Cristom.

I love coming to work and seeing the sun rise over Mt. Jefferson, or stepping out our front doors and tasting our grapes while they’re still on the vine. That’s when it hits home that this is what Cristom – and winegrowing — is all about.

For me wine and travel seem to go hand in hand: culture, people and caring.

Come out to Cristom and see for yourself.

Holly Flowers – Operations Coordinator

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Kevin MacDormand – Shipping, Compliance & Club Coordinator

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Originally from New Hampshire, Kevin found his way to the Willamette Valley in 2011, in search of greener pastures and an opportunity in the wine business.

Having spent a successful career in the restaurant industry, including opening two award-winning restaurants and serving as Director of Restaurant Operations for a Marriott hotel in the Boston area, the wine business seemed like a natural transition.

After working harvest in 2012, he was given the opportunity to manage a tasting room in McMinnville where he was able to transform the space into a downtown destination. From there he transitioned to wine club and compliance operations, overseeing one of the largest wine clubs in Oregon before landing at Cristom Vineyards.

Cristom offers the best of both worlds for Kevin – world class wine and hospitality within a small and intimate setting.

When he is not deep in the world of shipping and wine club, Kevin enjoys being at home in the kitchen, creating food and wine pairings for friends and family. He also enjoys exploring the beauty of Oregon on mountain bike and foot.

Farming Team

Salomon Orozco – Vineyard Foreman

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Salomon Orozco has been with Cristom since 1992, acting now as vineyard foreman and is responsible for many things. Without his focus on cohesion among our vineyard crew and year-round efforts in the vineyard, Cristom would not be able to produce the high quality fruit that we currently do.

Jorge Orozco – Vineyard Team

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Luis Armando Orozco – Assistant Vineyard Foreman

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FOUNDING FAMILY

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PAUL & EILEEN GERRIE – FOUNDERS

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After graduating from University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Engineering, I became interested in wine. I started with French bottles (with the occasional California jug tossed in) and can still remember my first exceptional Pinot noir. It was a 1980 Echezeaux and it was astonishing. From that point on I was hooked on Pinot!

Around 1990, I started looking for a career change that would be interesting and challenging. Despite the fact that I lived on the East Coast, the first thing that came to mind was the wine business. Around that time, some friends invited my wife and me to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville, Oregon. During our 1991 visit, we fell in love with Oregon and began to think it would be a good place to raise our young family. Soon after, I was introduced to Mike Etzel who helped me to find land that would produce great Pinot noir grapes. Mike found the site that is now Cristom.

In the summer of 1992, my wife Eileen and our children, Christine and Tom and I moved from Pennsylvania to Oregon. There has been no looking back. Through serendipity and good fortune, we were able to hire Steve Doerner as our winemaker, and Mark Feltz as our vineyard manager. Our first vintage was in 1992 and we were up and running. Almost thirty years later, we are still trying to make the best Pinot Noir on the planet!

-As Told By Paul Gerrie, Founder
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CHRISTINE GERRIE – CO-OWNER

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