Eric Hamacher – Consulting Winemaker
“With minimal and gentle handling of my wines in the cellar and by seeking balanced, low yields in selected vineyards, I strive to produce handmade wines of individuality and elegance. Enjoy these wines in good spirits, and with good health and good friends!” – Eric Hamacher, Winemaker
After earning a degree in viticulture and enology at UC Davis, Eric Hamacher set forth to gain extensive winemaking knowledge and to date, has worked more than 24 vintages at numerous wineries around the world. After producing wine for esteemed wineries such as Mondavi, Chalone and Etude, he realized his heart was in Oregon and followed pursuit to travel North and create the perfect Pinot Noir.
In less than a decade, he became one of the most respected and sought Oregon winemakers. He has established a reputation for being a masterful blender of expressive and balanced Pinot Noir and produces some of the most elegant Chardonnay in the United States. His winemaking is done with great care and passion, striving for depth of character, balance and consistency with every vintage. While his production is small, the wines are highly acclaimed and featured in fine restaurants and private cellars around the world.
Andrew Kirkland – Assistant Winemaker
Andrew Kirkland grew up in Seattle, a fifth generation Northwesterner. Working in fine dining restaurant kitchens in Seattle and New York City during his early adult years led to an exposure to fine foods and wine. After graduating from Western Washington with a degree in History, Andrew had the opportunity to spend a growing season in Beaujolais, working with a small organic producer, from pruning through harvest. This season of work and extensive tasting and exploration of the French vineyards changed his life and led to following harvests throughout the world. It was in 2012 that Andrew first worked with Eric Hamacher at the Carlton Winemaker’s Studio. After a couple of years in the Hunter Valley of Australia, where Andrew met his future wife Beth , he returned to work with the team at Brittan Vineyards and Consulting in Oregon. Andrew joined Ruby in Spring of 2016 as Assistant Winemaker.
It was during the Northwest’s craft beverage and food renaissance that Andrew kept finding himself drawn to the meeting point of raw agricultural products and the human actor. This meeting point, being both literal and metaphorical, where millennia of human selection yield a mostly tamed fruit of labor reflective of the farmer/harvester/forager’s cultural practices and the physical impression of the years growing season, at a mostly ideal moment of maturity where the raw good is turned over to the process of preparation or preservation for consumption, at the hands of the artisan/craftsperson/cook, who with their institutional, cultural, and existential knowledge interpret for an audience the meaning or utility of that unique product. This is an understanding of expressing a place and the pursuit of a cuisine. It is this pursuit of this place in time or someplace-ness that has been a defining and driving element of Andrew’s adult life.
Realizing a life long dream, Steve loves the opportunity to introduce people to the special wines crafted at Ruby Vineyard.
A life long (and 5th generation) Oregonian, Stephen returns to the agricultural roots of his great great grandfather, who arrived on the first wagon train in 1843, and homesteaded near Carlton, one of the wine hubs in the Willamette Valley. He hopes to carry forward and grow the legacy of this special gem of a place.
Driving the tractor and working in the vineyard allows a far better understanding of the plants and grapes.
The lawyer training has helped with all of the rules and regulations needed to obtain the licenses required for a vineyard and winery.
Stanley – The Dog
We got Stanley as a puppy in December, 2007 from a wonderful no kill shelter, Family Dogs New Life. If you are looking to adopt a dog, we cannot recommend them highly enough. We think Stanley is part Doberman, part German Shepherd, and maybe something else. If you start singing, he’ll probably join right in. Stanley is often our greeting committee, and loves living at Ruby.