Meet the Staff

THE VINTNER

“Andreas Wetzel is  one of Chateau Bianca’s owners,  amazing winemaker, vineyard overseer, floor sweeper and mess cleaner upper. Hailing as the fourth generation of Wetzel’s to produce wine, he is pretty good at it. Having mostly experiential training and a passion for “food friendly” wines, his goal is to bring to market approachable wines and a irresistible values. At the end of the day it is his job is to make people a little bit happier and a little more satisfied with life by having a nice glass of wine for food, family and friends. Prost!”

ASSISTANT WINEMAKER

Ryan Pickens comes to us from Monterey, CA, but don’t hold that against him! After spending 3 years making wine in California, New Zealand, Australia, and Germany he discovered that cool climate wines are what he’s most passionate about. Upon moving to Oregon in 2015 he has found and married his better half, started his own label of small production Pinot Gris/Pinot Noir, and is now tending to wines made here at Chateau Bianca. If he’s not playing mad scientist in the lab, you’ll find him outside trying to soak in all the sunshine he can get and working on his tan.    

VINEYARD MANAGER

Juan Hernandez is living the real life FarmVille dream by being Chateau Bianca’s Vineyard Manager. If you listen closely, you will hear him singing to the grapes along with his radio, as he works hard throughout the year. We are so lucky to have him because there is always something that needs to get done. #1 Goal = healthy, happy grapes. Plus, they don’t comment on his vocal skills. 

OFFICE MANAGER

Tom Rhiner is behind the scenes as our Office Manager. He is hard at work making sure Chateau Bianca can keep pouring wine, keeping all of us hooligans in line, and plotting world domination. Sometimes he even pours wine in the tasting room, but seriously? Who let him out of the office!? If you do see him sneaking around the winery you will be greeted with a warm smile and great conversation.

TASTING ROOM MANAGER

Katie Melton is Chateau Bianca’s Tasting Room Manager, Social Media Wizard, Ringleader of the Circus, and overall Party Planner. You often hear her whispering to herself, “this is my circus and these are my monkeys”. Come hang out in the tasting room and she will bribe you with wine. This is how she makes friends… honestly. We think she lives here with all the events going on, she needs to figure out some way to make them.

BOOKKEEPERRosalie McDonough is our internal bookie and our favorite person! She is the one that cuts our paychecks and keeps us in line for spending. Plus, she is the creator behind the amazing Vinegar we have in the tasting room.

TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE

Krista Harker is one of our trusted wine pourer extraordinaires in the tasting room. Always on the move, she is tough to keep in one place. Though, she does seem to sit still when wine is involved and loves to have people visit!