Erik Kramer will lead all winemaking and cellar operations as Director of Winemaking for WillaKenzie Estate, the acclaimed producer of single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Kramer has spent the past thirteen years in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley, where he’s developed a reputation for world-class wines of finesse and balance.
A scientist by training, Kramer worked as a hydrogeologist in the petrochemical industry before combining his passion for science and appreciation for fine wine into a career. He spent a few seasons in Washington as a harvest cellar worker, before pursuing a postgraduate diploma in viticulture & oenology at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where he graduated with honors. Kramer went on to craft wine in New Zealand before to moving to the Willamette Valley to focus on cool-climate winemaking.
Prior to joining WillaKenzie Estate, Kramer crafted highly-regarded wines for esteemed wineries such as Domaine Serene and Adelsheim Vineyards. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Florida State University – a degree he draws on today when considering the relationship between terroir and wine quality.
When not at the winery, he enjoys spending time with his family at his wine country home in McMinnville.