Winemaker Trevor Chlanda
Trevor discovered his passion for wine while attending Cornell University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Plant Sciences. During a wine tasting and pairing class, Trevor was introduced to 1952 Chateau Margaux, 1989 Albert Morot Beaune-Bressandes, 1995 Pol Roger Champagne, 1989 JJ Prum Bernkastler Badstube Auslese and the 2000 Hermann Wiemer Riesling. His interest piqued in Old World style wines, laying the foundation for his future winemaking philosophy.
In 2007 Trevor made his way to New Zealand where he worked as a cellar hand and production leader focused on New World Pinot noir for Delegat’s Wine Estate-Oyster Bay Wines. Trevor later continued his path in the wine industry with a move to California to become Assistant Winemaker at famed William Selyem Winery. During his tenure at William Selyem, he revived the sparkling wine program and managed the fermentation of over 100 lots of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other varietails. More than 50 of the wine team's wines received 90+ point scores in major wine publications during his time there (including a 100-point rating by Wine Enthusiast
for the 2007 Williams Selyem Litton Estate Pinot Noir).
Most recently, Trevor was Assistant Director of Winemaking at Bin to Bottle, a custom crush facility in Napa, California, where he oversaw the winemaking of seven large brands.
Trevor’s desire to focus on premium Pinot Noir and explore the soils and microclimates of Oregon led him to Duck Pond Cellars. He strongly believes that wines should reflect their specific terroir and showcase the purity of the fruit. To that end, he can often be found checking in on our family's Oregon vineyards in addition to spending time in the cellar.
Vineyard Managers Doug & Greg Fries
As co-owners and part of the founding Duck Pond team, Doug Fries and his son Greg have been involved in nearly every aspect of the business. Greg received his degree in Fermentation Science from University of California at Davis in 1994 and served as head winemaker from 1995-2004. Greg and Doug are very active in the family's various vineyard sites, located in Eastern Washington and Oregon's Willamette Valley and Umpqua Valley regions.