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Doug & Jo Ann Fries
Hailing from California’s Central Valley, founders Doug & Jo Ann Fries were high school sweethearts who’ve now been married nearly five decades.
A third-generation farmer, Doug has spent most of his life farming crops, growing everything from cotton and tomatoes to hazelnuts and wine grapes. After moving to Oregon in the early '80s, his winemaking hobby quickly grew into something bigger when he and Jo Ann planted their own small vineyard.
Jo Ann received her BS from Fresno State University and spent her early career as a lab technician at Fresno Comminity Hospital, eventually heading up the nuclear lab's diagnostic product development. After beginning a family, she took over the bookkeeping and payroll for Doug's father's farm while also keeping home and raising their three children.
Although Doug and Jo Ann say they are semi-retired, they can often be found putting in some of the longest hours of anyone, especially during harvest. They enjoy golf and divide their time between Arizona, eastern Washington, Portland and their family home in Sunriver, Oregon.
Greg & Amber Fries
Greg Fries was already enrolled at UC Davis when he and his family first crafted the plans for the small winery that would become Duck Pond Cellars. He switched his focus of study from agribusiness to enology and the rest is history. In 1994, Greg graduated and went straight to work at Duck Pond, taking over as head winemaker in 1995 at the age of only 23. Today Greg is the company's president; he oversees the winemaking and has taken on an active role in the management of the family’s vineyards and other winery, Desert Wind Winery.
In early 2000, Amber (Loeffelbein) Fries was completing her senior year at Linfield College when she took a part-time job in Duck Pond’s tasting room. She immediately fell in love with the wine industry, and a few years later, with then-winemaker Greg Fries. In 2004, she completed her sommelier certification through the International Sommelier Guild; that summer she and Greg wed at the family’s St. Jory Vineyard. Today she puts her English and Communications degree to use at the family business, serving as director of communications.
Greg and Amber reside in Portland with their two young children, Elliott and Gretta.
An Oregon native, Doug & Jo Ann’s daughter-in-law Erin has worked at Duck Pond since 1997. As in most family businesses, she does a little bit of everything, but she serves as the Tasting Room Director, acting as buyer and display coordinator for Duck Pond’s gift shop.
She and sons Beck and Sam reside in Newberg, OR.
Scott & Lisa Jenkins
Lisa (Fries) Jenkins had just completed college at the University of Oregon when she and her family opened Duck Pond Cellars. She spent many long hours working in the tasting room and out in the market, selling wine to wine shops, restaurants and stores. Today she serves as Duck Pond’s vice president and oversees the operations at the family’s two wineries.
Scott Jenkins was working in the residential real estate business when he met Lisa; he joined the family business full time when they married in 1996. Scott’s outgoing personality made him a good fit for wine sales; together he and Lisa expanded Duck Pond’s sales nationally and eventually internationally. Today Scott oversees a wide network of distributors in most US states and dozens of international markets.
Scott and Lisa reside in Dundee with their two sons, Ross and Aiden, four horses and a lot of Labradoodles.