Trudy & Keith Kramer, Owners
After a decade of garagiste winemaking, Keith and Trudy fell in love with Pinot Noir. In the early 1980s, they searched for a property to fulfill their dream of having a vineyard in the Willamette Valley. In Gaston, they found great potential in a 60-acre parcel of undeveloped land on the edge of Yamhill County. They started planting in 1984 and opened the tasting room in 1990, showcasing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, and Riesling. A family of five, the Kramers raised their children on the vineyard while Keith was a pharmacist and Trudy focused on building the business. The vineyard has grown to 22 acres, averaging 3000 cases annually. Keith is now retired and enjoys his days on the tractor and in the cellar, while Trudy is the President and CEO of Kramer Vineyards. They spend their days on the farm with their chocolate lab Harvey and are proud grandparents to four cherished grandchildren. They also enjoy vacation time at their condos in Otter Rock on the Oregon coast.
Kim Kramer, Winemaker
Growing up in the wine industry as the eldest daughter of the Kramer family, Kim Kramer initially had no interest in continuing the family business. However, her passion for sparkling wine and Pinot Noir was sparked while working at an Oregon winery in her mid-20s. After further education and experience in the wine industry, Kim joined the family business in 2008, eager to contribute to the family legacy. In 2010, she assumed the role of head winemaker and has since overseen all aspects of winemaking, from harvest to bottling, with a keen eye for the nuances of our 22-acre estate's microclimates and vintage variations. Beyond her love for crafting exceptional wines, Kim is passionate about educating others on the complexities and joys of wine. She often hosts tastings and events at the winery, sharing her expertise with guests worldwide. As a second-generation winemaker, she is proud to carry on her family's tradition of excellence and innovation in winemaking.
Becky Kramer, General Manager
Becky Kramer is the General Manager at Kramer Vineyards, where she oversees operations, shipping, and distribution. As the youngest daughter of the Kramer family, Becky joined the family business in 2017, bringing with her a degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management from Portland State University. Prior to joining Kramer Vineyards, she owned and operated the popular wine bar Urban Decanter in nearby Forest Grove for five years. In addition to her work at the vineyard, Becky is a devoted mother to two toddler boys and a growing collection of farm animals, including chickens, ducks, a turkey, miniature pigs, and a mini longhorn cow due to arrive this fall.
Karri Robison, Tasting Room Manager
Oregon has a beauty and lifestyle that Karri has always appreciated. As she learned about this area's wine country, she knew that she wanted to include this facet into her Oregon story as well. Karri met Trudy Kramer in 1996 on her first wine tour of the area. It was an enjoyable and memorable visit and since then, she’s learned much about wine and the wine industry from the Kramer family. Her favorite wines generally come from the Cardiac block of Pinot Noir and she’s currently enjoying the 2015 Dijon 115 Pinot Noir.