Terroir is essential to the quality of wine. If you take care of the vines you will create extraordinary wines.

Terroir is essential to the quality of wine. If you take care of the vines you will create extraordinary 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.

Ryan studied Mechanical Engineering at Eastern Washington University. In 2005 he began work as a Trial Manager for Bejo Seed Company where he maintained seed trials for many different crops on approximately 1,200 acres and worked closely with many farmers throughout the Columbia Basin and the Pacific Northwest. While Ryan loved his work with Bejo, he had a growing interest in the escalating wine business in Walla Walla and eventually decided to pursue his passion for agriculture in a different field. Enrolling in the Enology and Viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College was the obvious first step for his career, and not long after beginning the program, Ryan accepted a position at Tertulia Cellars where he has served as Vineyard Manager since 2007. 

Ryan resides in Walla Walla with his wife Maria, and their three beautiful children.