Oregon wine has been a constant presence in my family. In 1978 my parents left their home state of Kentucky and drove to Oregon in a Chevy pickup truck. A few years later they purchased a 10 acre vineyard in the hills of Dundee where they built a modest house in which to raise a family. This became our Holstein Vineyard, and it's where I was born and raised. At the time, my father Allen Holstein was managing vineyards for some of Oregon's wine pioneers, including Domain Drouhin, Stoller, Knudsen, and Argyle Winery. My earliest memories consist of bouncing around the back of a pickup truck from vineyard to vineyard, day after day. Tractors and wine barrels were my playground, and the smell of Pinot Noir was home. I may have gained more through the process of osmosis than I ever realized.
After earning my childhood allowance in the vineyards, I decided to spend my adulthood in the industry that raised me. In 2014, with the help of my now wife and some special folks around us, we established our own wine company. While it's no small undertaking, this is what we believe in and who we are. Most of our days are spent in the vineyards, practicing the art of wine growing and connecting with people who appreciate our goal of making products honest to the land. Our work starts at the beginning of every growing season and doesn’t end until we can share a glass with you. After all, we're only as good as what we stand on.
These two proud Oregonians who were born and raised in the hills of Dundee. At a young age, they had the red dirt of Dundee in their hands and between their toes. It was nothing short of destiny when Jackson and Ayla decided to return to their roots in the hills that shaped them. Together with the support of family, friends and canines, they are Granville Wine Co.
Jackson studied Natural Resources at Oregon State where he grew accustomed to making wine in closets, garages and old barns to pay the rent. After finishing school, he spent time working in local wineries as well as abroad in Australia. After returning, Jackson accepted a job at Advanced Vineyard Systems where he spent time as a vineyard manager for multiple sites in the Willamette Valley before moving to work on Granville full-time. Since 2014, Ayla and Jackson have shared all farmer and wine-making activities for Holstein Vineyard and Granville Wines.
Upon graduating from Linfield College with a degree in economics, Ayla began working with a local sustainability startup company. However, when the opportunity presented itself to work in the wine industry, she couldn’t resist. She spent years working on all three sides of production, wine-growing, cellar work, and the sales side of the industry. She also ventured off internationally to the Yarra Valley of Australia. Her goal is to help create a vibrant, educated wine community in the place she's always called home.
These two are highly qualified and responsible for all rodent control and vineyard security.