Our Team

Abacela was named the 2013 Oregon Winery of the Year by Wine Press Northwest. Earl and Hilda Jones were awarded the industry's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 by the Oregon Wine Board. Abacela was then nominated for 2015 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine.


Earl JonesFounder / President

Earl is a big man with bright blue eyes and work-worn hands. His voice, after 20 years in Oregon... Read full bio.

Hilda JonesFounder / VP

Hilda always wanted to live on a farm, but grew up in the sun-drenched city of Tallahassee... Read full bio

Andrew WenzlWinemaker

Andrew has been with Abacela since 2003 and became head winemaker in 2008... Read full bio.

Chris LakeVineyard Manager

Chris came to Abacela in July 2016 after being the director of southern Oregon's first Enology...
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Sarah WaringNational Sales Manager

Originally from the Midwest, Sarah answered the siren’s call of wine and the Pacific...
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Paula CaudillMarketing Manager

Paula has worked in the Northwest wine industry since 1998. A graduate of the University of...
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Tina HamiltonChef & Events Manager

Tina joined Abacela in August 2015...
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Alexis ZeiglerSales Associate

Alexis joined the tasting room team in 2018, and recently took over as Sales Associate for... Read full bio


Alison Galbraith

Public Relations

Alison graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in...
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Darin CookVineyard Foreman

Darin was born in Healdsburg, California and moved to Oregon in 1996. After a career in... 
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