I've been an avid wine collector and educator since the 1970's. It's always been a dream to produce my own wines. That dream is now a reality with Peter William Vineyard.
I planted my first vineyard in 2007. The new vineyards were planted on the hillside below our home overlooking the Rogue Valley in 2013. The vineyards have beautiful rocky soil with excellent drainage. Our first commercial harvest was the 2016 vintage.
We are producing wines that express the terroir of our hillside vineyard. We grow Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo and Malbec. We source some other grapes from the best local vineyards. We make both varietal wines, and traditional blends for our Peter William Wines.
Thanksgiving 1975 is where my wine journey began. My uncle, an avid wine collector, introduced me to a 1970 Chateau Figeac. The wine was exceptional and had me at the first taste. After that experience, I developed a deep appreciation and started collecting wine on a budget.
I started organizing wine tastings first in Portland where I was in training and then in New York where I started my medical career in gastroenterology. When we moved to Oregon, the tastings continued. Along with the tastings my collecting accelerated - much to my wife’s dismay. My passion for wine deepened.
Finally, I decided to venture into the wine business by planting a vineyard. I started with a few vines in our backyard. Then, my wife and I moved to a property where we could plant a 10-acre vineyard. That is how Peter William Vineyard was born. I am so excited to be part of the winemaking community in Oregon.
Robin enjoys wine and is thrilled to be living on a vineyard. She particularly loves the view over our vineyard & the Rogue Valley.
Her true passion is dancing. Rather than working in the vineyard, she would be more likely to be seen dancing hip hop through it or dancing West Coast Swing in the wine tasting room overlooking it.
Robin enjoys coming up with fun ads and marketing ideas for our wines.
In addition to helping write some of the content for this website, Robin was instrumental in finding titles for some of the wines. She is especially proud of naming “Robin’s Red”
Vegas is no ordinary vineyard dog. A Black German Shepherd, we rescued Vegas about two years ago. He is our constant companion. As a Service/Comfort Dog, Vegas often accompanies Robin to her medical practice, where he is much loved by her patients, who find his presence both calming and reassuring.
Vegas has two main jobs at Peter William Vineyard. His primary responsibility is to get underfoot whenever there is work to be done, especially when serious wine tasting is going on. His second responsibility is to chase away unwanted critters in the vineyard. Unfortunately, he too often seems to find a wily skunk that gets the better of him.
Seriously, Vegas is a never-ending source of companionship and entertainment. Encourage him, & he’ll start talking to you about any subject. You might not understand him…but perhaps you need to study German!
By day? She's Peter's medical assistant. In her spare time? Carmen's love of wine & desire to be involved has led her to join the Peter William Vineyard team as a Sales Associate. Some people just can't get enough of Peter!
Carmen helps present & pour our wines at special events. She has represented our wines several times, including at the 2019 edition of "Hearts & Vines." She's had lots of fun pouring our wines for folks who've never tried them before - and she does a great job!
Fred is an integral part of our team - fulfilling multiple functions. Fred is our Director of Marketing - advising us on any programs related to that mystical field that is so often overlooked in the wine industry. He is our Webmaster, creating content for this website & maintaining it (and writing most of our "Blog Posts"). Fred often sits in on & advises during our tasting & blending sessions with winemakers. He is also very good friends with Vegas.
Fred came to us first as a friend, but his 40+ years in the industry are proving to be invaluable. For more information, visit Fred's website, Wine-is-Art.com. You can reach Fred through this email link.
Ewald has long been a friend, on a personal level, but also now in our business. Ewald's main jobs are to promote the prestigious Willamette Valley Wines of "00" [Zero-Zero], and his own company, Ewald Moseler Selections, specializing in the great wines of Germany. Added to that busy list of tasks, Ewald also serves as our Northern Oregon Sales Associate. When he has time Ewald also consults on our wines.
Ewald almost always travels from his home in the Portland area to join us for our monthly educational wine tastings, & is a key source of information on the great Rieslings of Germany, where he grew up in the Mosel region. You can reach Ewald through this email link.
In this picture, you'll see Peter in an intensive therapy session with his "Wine Therapist," Eric Weisinger.