Assistant Vineyard Manager
Justin joined Abacela in 2020 and is a fresh transplant to the Oregon wine industry. Growing up in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania, he developed a love of nature with a deep interest in plants of all kind. After exploring more tropical climates, he realized his heart longed for the annual change of seasons he knew as a child. Upon returning to Pennsylvania he discovered the state’s humble wine industry. Seeing how integral both plant science and chemistry were to the wine industry peaked his curiosity and set Justin’s career path in motion. His desire to join the industry led him to eastern Washington where he studied Viticulture and Enology at Washington State University. During his undergraduate career Justin interned at various vineyards and wineries surrounding the Red Mountain AVA. Upon graduation, he left the sage brush swept hills behind and joined the team at Abacela.
In his spare Justin enjoys being outdoors with his dog and girlfriend: hiking, fishing, camping, and sailing.