Harry, an iconic figure in Oregon’s wine industry, planted the first vines at Ridgecrest Vineyard in 1980 in what would later become the Ribbon Ridge AVA (American Viticultural Area). Harry was instrumental in facilitating the application for the AVA, even abandoning the name Ribbon Ridge on his label for others to share.
Harry founded Chehalem Winery in 1990, which has long been known for pure, site-expressive Pinot Noirs and stunningly beautiful white wines. Over the years, he became known as a champion of Oregon and Willamette Valley wines across the world. He’s served on the Oregon Wine Board and has been deeply involved in Oregon Pinot Camp, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, International Pinot noir Celebration and the Oregon Riesling Alliance and many more organizations over the years.
Wynne Petersen-Nedry, is a second generation winemaker who has forged her own path and established herself as a fixture in her own right among Willamette Valley vintners.
Wynne obtained a degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College before setting off for her first overseas harvest at Martinborough Vineyard in New Zealand. That Fall, Wynne attended UC Davis where her Master’s thesis studied tannin evolution from grapes to wine. Before returning to work side-by-side with her father, Wynne cultivated her Pinot Noir and Chardonnay prowess, working for great estates such as Hanzell in Sonoma, Albert Bichot in Burgundy, and Craggy Range in New Zealand. She took over as winemaker at Chehalem Winery in 2012.
The people involved in RR Wines are some of the most experienced and rooted members of the wine community. The Studio is honored to have them as a part of our intricate history.