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.