MYLES ANDERSON

Co-Founder, Retired

In 2017, after over 20 years of serving Walla Walla Vintners customers, Myles retired.  Over the last phase of his career Myles always had two roles.  He was a partner and founder of Walla Walla Vintners and helped start, then run, the Walla Walla Community College Viniculture and Enology program.  His career was capped off by two prestigious honors:  in 2011 Myles was inducted into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame and was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers in 2014.  Myles did all he could to help foster the collaboration and growth of the Walla Walla winemaking community.  Despite being retired, Myles still enjoys coming out the winery to see friends and customers as well as be a part of blending trials. 

GORDY VENNERI

Founder & Co-Owner

Gordy continues the legacy he co-found at Walla Walla Vintners.   “I am very grateful for all that Myles and I accomplished together.  We founded Walla Walla’s eighth winery and helped make history in one of America’s most exciting and dynamic wine regions.”  In support of Walla Walla Vintners and the region, Gordy works with our distribution network and enjoys connecting with customers one on one to spread the word out about how special Walla Walla wines are.  Going forward, he is committed to ensuring that the Vintners wines adhere to the style and approach that makes the winery unique for many years to come.

SCOTT HALADAY

Co-Owner

Scott comes to Walla Walla Vintners after a 20 year career in the technology sector including 10 developing and implementing software for beer and wine distributors.  He had been searching for a winery for a while when he was introduced to Gordy and Myles the summer of 2016, and immediately knew he found something very special.  The opportunity to work with and learn from Gordy is especially exciting to him given the Walla Walla Vintner team’s wealth of knowledge.  He will continue to focus the winery’s efforts on maintaining many important traditions like our pioneering history, elegant winemaking and humble approach, while enhancing the customer experience.

WILLIAM VON METZGER

Production Winemaker

As Production Winemaker, William oversees wine from the time grape clusters arrive at the winery until the finished product is bottled. He manages fermentations, selecting barrels, leading blending trials and monitoring and maintaining wines during the aging process. William works closely with Gordy and Judah to ensure vineyard and fruit quality that produce the award-winning wines which made Walla Walla Vintners famous. He began working at the winery in 2002 while attending the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College.

JUDAH PIRA

Vineyard Manager

Judah joined the Vintners team in 2010 after working as the enologist at Long Shadows and attending the Walla Walla Enology and Viticulture program that Myles Anderson helped create. Initially trained as a chef, Judah’s trained palate and passion for getting the best ingredients helped him prepare for overseeing that the winery gets the very best grapes for each wine. Judah describes his approach to his job –“Each season presents itself as a clean slate for trying to get the best fruit possible for our winery and we all know that great fruit makes excellent wine. My job is listening to our winemakers Gordy and Bill about the potential of each specific vineyard and focus always on getting the best quality.”

MICHELLE AICHELE

Operations Manager

Michelle Aichele comes to us from Walla Walla roots. Her family’s involvement in the industry is what sparked her interested and career here, beginning in 2006. Over the last 10 years she has refined her skills in operations and winery management. She segued from her degree in teaching to follow her passion and love for Walla Walla wines and continues to advocate for the valley and all of its beauty.