Family & Team
Primary Vineyard Manager and Master Coffee Roaster
Before making wine his only full time commitment, Keith worked as a registered pharmacist in Cornelius and Hillsboro for nearly three decades. As it turns out, Keith's math and science background, required for a career in pharmacy, was also helpful in the wine industry.
In 2008, during their 25th year in business, daughter and winemaker, Kim came on board. With another winemaker around, Keith spends more time in the vineyard. doing everything from scouting from his tractor to clearing the snow from the driveway. In Keith's spare time, he often works in the forest on the Kramer property, or roasts small batches of coffee.
Trudy has dedicated her career to making Kramer wines for the last 30 years. Originally from Mercer Island, Washington, she became fascinated with winemaking in 1970 after purchasing a winemaking book. In 1978, experimental winemaking took place in a small test vineyard at her previous home in Warren, Oregon. She began making berry wine, rose petal and then, finally, grape wines -- she took her first wine class in 1980. In 1983, Trudy and husband, Keith found a hillside property in Gaston where they would soon begin their mark in Oregon's winemaking history.
Trudy has been the face of the Kramer brand in Oregon since its inception. Trudy primarily manages the everyday tasks of running a family business, from the accounting to the winemaking. Trudy educates guests not only in the tasting room but at local store tastings, winemaker dinners and wine education classes. Her love of gardening has allowed her to put a more personal touch on the Kramer property, as most of the flowers you will see outside the tasting room are planted and cared for by her.
Kim Kramer is a second-generation winemaker, and most enjoys expressing the unique aspects of the Kramer site in her wines.
She grew up around wine, but only in the last few years did her aspirations of becoming a winemaker begin to fall into place... When she attended Linfield College in 1996, Kim was most interested in Art History and Philosophy. It was not until 2000, during her first wine job working in the tasting room at St. Innocent in Salem, Oregon when she first began to think about pursuing a career in winemaking.
In 2006, Kim successfully made her first batch of sparkling wine from an excess amount of Chardonnay from St. Innocent. Captivated by this accomplishment, she began thinking about how to incorporate her talents to her family’s estate vineyard. During the 2010 harvest, Kim spent time working in Burgundy where she found the wines to be transcendent, and set the standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. She made her winemaking debut with Kramer Vineyards’ 2009 vintage.
Michelle is from New Windsor, New York but currently lives in Forest Grove with her family, and has been with Kramer since 2011. Prior to working for Kramer, Michelle was a stay at home mom with two teenage boys. Her previous posts include working as an accounting manager at West Point and KPMG.
Michelle loves being a part of this small, family-owned business and having the ability to learn and operate in many different areas of the winery. Her time spent living and working in the Willamette Valley has broadened her love and knowledge of wine.
Valerie joined Kramer Vineyards in April 2012. She loves that the team is always very eager to share their knowledge of wine and loves working with a fun family like the Kramers. Prior to Kramer Vineyards, Valerie worked at Urban Decanter in downtown Forest Grove. An Oregon native, she also volunteered at other local wineries aiding in the wine club events. At Kramer, Valerie enjoys the vertical tastings -- being able to taste through multiple vintages of a single block designated Pinot Noir, for example.
Her wine journey began at a young age. Living in the Umpqua Valley, wine tastings were a must. After moving to Portland in 1993, she discovered Oregon's coveted grape, Pinot Noir. It soon became one of her favorite varieties, with Syrah a close second. If she weren't working in wine, Valerie would devote her time and passions toward working with animals.