Ryan’s winemaking philosophy is to treat wine as art. “It is an intuitive process from the vine to the bottle each step determines the next. Science and winemaking technology are great tools but nothing can replace experience and your palate. The best wines have a sense of place or exhibit terrior. Terrior is the summation of the geology, geography, climate, and to a large extent the culture of the people who work the land and influence the wines.”
Ryan Driver has lived the majority of his life in the Walla Walla Valley. Born in Iowa, Ryan moved with his family to Walla Walla at the age of two. He has always had a love for the outdoors and has worked with the land from a very young age. This passion came from his grandfather whose farm in Iowa has been in the family for over 100 years. Ryan started working for Klicker Strawberry farms at age 12. Over the next twelve years he dedicated his time to learning many aspects of the operation - from picking and delivering, to maintaining and operating equipment.
Sally is no stranger to the wine industry and has several years of experience working in the tasting room with the wine savvy public and with direct to consumer sales. She is passionate about wine and views it as a complex delicacy, one which is to be savored and enjoyed.
Eric joined Tertulia Cellars in 2014. A confirmed "big red" fan, he loves presenting our bold and powerful wines in the Pinot Noir heartland of Oregon's Willamette Valley. In addition to pouring in our Dundee tasting room, Eric labored daily 12-hour shifts as a "cellar rat" during the 2015 harvest, learning about wine making from the bottom up.
Prior to entering the wine industry, Eric was a writer and webmaster, and often found on the other side of the counter in tasting rooms throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, often accompanied by his wine judge father.
Gary entered the wine industry as the regional manager for a French glass maker, where he worked with wineries in California as well as Chateau Ste, Michelle in the Woodinville area. The French company had their own private vineyards. On his visits to the factory, Gary was introduced to many excellent wines that were only available from small local villages and estates. He gained an appreciation for everyday table wines to limited, special occasion wines.
Thomas is the man behind the scenes at Tertulia Cellars. While he's not often seen by winery visitors, Thomas is an essential talent, helping to make Ryan's visions a reality with blood, sweat, and tears. (All metaphorical fluids carefully kept out of the actual wine, of course.) Thomas works hard and puts all of his love into his work for Tertulia Cellars.