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The Crowley Team
TYSON CROWLEY Winemaker/Owner
Hailing from upstate New York, Tyson’s interest in wine was first piqued by an impromptu weekend trip to the Fingerlakes, New York’s native winemaking region. Tyson popped into a winery to sample the wares and found himself just as interested in the process behind the wines as the wines themselves. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Operations Management Tyson blazed a trail to the West Coast thinking about the wineries of the Fingerlakes and eager to work in the industry. He typed out a dozen or so resumes and sent them to the Willamette Valley, and with a few follow up phone calls later landed a job as a cellar hand under Erath’s then winemaker Rob Stuart.
It was 1995 and Erath was one of the first Oregon wines to be distributed nationally and internationally. And while the work wasn’t glamorous (note: winemaking = cleaning), Tyson loved it and harvests soon found him zipping around on a fork-lift taking extra care not to run over the eager young interns under his charge as cellar master. Over the course of seven vintages Tyson learned the tools and techniques of winemaking while absorbing the principles of producing wines under the conditions of Oregon’s unique terroir.
Tyson then took a trip to New Zealand to work crush at Framingham where he experienced a southern hemisphere harvest then returned back to Oregon to work double duty alongside his friends Doug Tunell at Brickhouse and Jim Prosser at J.K. Carriere. Tyson was inspired by Doug’s passion for purity of expression and dedication to the land and Jim’s commitment to the details and go it alone grit and took those lessons with him to a position at Archery Summit.
And it was passion for purity and some of that go it alone grit that then led Tyson to Cameron Winery where he worked alongside John Paul as the assistant winemaker. At Cameron, Tyson marked the seasons by the work; pruning and bottling in the winter, shoot thinning and labeling in the spring, leaf pulling in the summer and harvesting in the fall.
In 2005 Tyson made his first four barrels of Entre Nous Pinot noir at Cameron. 2006 saw a whopping production of six barrels. And in 2007 after five wonderful vintages working at Cameron, Tyson forged out on his own and moved Crowley Wines’ production to the August Cellars Coop winemaking facility where he continues to make the wines today (85 barrels and counting).
EVAN ROBERTS Partner/Owner + Fun Generator
Evan Roberts joined Crowley Wines in 2008 and provides tireless support and enthusiasm for the wines we make and the Crowley brand. As a business partner his insight and guidance are critical to our development and his unique perspective and passion hold a special place within our company. Evan manages sales in the Oregon market. You can often catch him out on the town pouring Crowley with that infectious smile of his.
EMILY CROWLEY Wife + Events + Harvest Beer Provider
Emily oversees all things fun at Crowley Wines. Whether it be a (somewhat) clever tweet or a memorable release party, Emily's behind it. She also packs a mean harvest picnic and can often be found at the winery throwing sticks for Audrey. When she's not drafting emails or pulling on her Wellies to rinse out a barrel for Crowley Wines, you'll find Emily at the helm of many food and drink events around town for her clients like the Feast Portland, Classic Wines Auction, Travel Oregon, and IPNC.
PATRICK BENAD National Sales Manager + Chardonnay QC Volunteer
Patrick can trace the beginning of his vinous journey back to a watershed moment a little over 20 years ago. At the time he worked in a little bakery called the French Horn in Eugene Oregon. They hosted wine tastings and there he was lucky enough to taste though the '93 Evesham Wood Pinots with Russ Raney. Patrick remembers how graciously Russ answered all his questions, letting him spend time with each wine. This moment informed his approach to wine and remains one he'll never forget.
After a couple years of exploratory wine drinking, Patrick embarked on a dance adventure that took him on serveral long trips to Europe. Not a place he expected to go having grown up in the very rural Palouse country of Washington State. Aside from peaking a keen interest in language, that time exposed him to a world where wine and lively conversation about it are an integral part of life. He's always ready to pop a unique bottle to share with friends new and old.
Once back in Oregon he started in on a career that spanned many aspects of the retail and distribution side of the wine-industry. Patrick joined the Crowley team in the Spring of 2016. His diverse experience and organization skills contribute to both the day-to-day sales work and longer-term vision of the winery. He's also an enthusiastic barrel taster and pretty handy with both spreadsheets or forklifts!