Our Team2018-10-23T15:43:50+00:00
Mike and Mary Ann McNally, Owners

Mary Ann and Mike McNally – Owners

We are often asked, “Why a vineyard in Oregon?” We appreciate the rewards and challenges as growers of quality grapes and value the camaraderie of the Willamette Valley’s supportive wine community. However, it’s the wine: Oregon’s Pinot noir is extraordinary.

“Why a vineyard in Oregon?” There is no better life.

Robert Brittain

Robert Brittan – Winemaker

A veteran of the wine industry since the early 1970’s, Robert Brittan began his career in the Central Valley of California. Robert attended the University of California at Davis, graduating with a degree in Fermentation Science in 1981. Robert made wines for Far Niente Winery, St. Andrews Vineyard and Stags’ Leap Winery. In addition to managing his own vineyard and crafting wines for Brittan Vineyards, Robert is the consulting winemaker for select vineyards in the Northern Willamette Valley.

A firm believer that wines are much more compelling as they age, Robert is committed to a minimalist winemaking style and partners with exceptional vineyard sites to craft wines that cellar beautifully.

Since 2012, Robert and his team have been crafting wines for Fairsing that are expressive and distinctive to the property. Robert’s enthusiasm for the varied exposures, geology, micro-climates, and selections across Fairsing Vineyard is reflected in his site-driven wines. 

Brandy Grey

Brandy Grey – Tasting Room Manager

A former print journalist, Brandy moved to Oregon sight unseen over a decade ago and fell in instant love with the Willamette Valley.

While completing the winemaking program at Chemeketa College in Salem, OR, Brandy served as tasting room manager for Colene Clemens Vineyards and has assisted with commercial production of a number of vintages throughout the Valley. Brandy also helps care for her family’s tiny Chehalem Mountain estate.

When she’s not at work, Brandy and her husband can be found restoring their historic Queen Anne Victorian and dabbling in dance theater productions whenever possible.

Zach Wentzel

Zach Wentzel – Wine Club Manager

Zach discovered in the Willamette Valley, and Fairsing Vineyard in particular, a pioneering model of ecological stewardship. Before moving to Oregon Zach was mentored in the Santa Rita Hills of California.

Originally raised on a farm in rural Iowa, Zach earned degrees in Economics and Management before assisting with operations of his family’s multi-generational business.

An ardent saunterer of nature, Zach has embarked on various solo excursions around the world studying the synthesis between landscape and the human experience. Zach’s favorite expression of this sense of place is manifested in microsite Pinot noir.

Fairsing Vineyard Chef Rebecca Clarke in the vineyard with wine and harvested produce

Rebecca Clarke – Executive Chef

A native of Corvalis, Oregon Rebecca is a graduate of the le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia and spent 15 years traveling the world as a chef on private yachts and estates.

Rebecca recently returned to Oregon with her husband and keeps busy with renovations on their fixer-upper in the Eola Hills.

Rebecca brings a limitless talent in crafting delicious cuisine and creative pairings for our Fairsing Vineyard wines. Rebecca’s humor and acumen extend naturally from kitchen to tasting room.

Fairsing Vineyard Hospitality Lead Margaret Kurtz with wine among the vines

Margaret Kurtz – Hospitality Lead

Margaret’s hospitality career spans 20 years – from working as a barista, a server and a stewardess in the yachting industry.

An Oregon native, Margaret returned to the Willamette Valley in 2015 to pursue a career in the wine profession. Before joining Fairsing, Margaret worked with Pike Road Wines and also served as a administrative sales coordinator for Elk Cove Vineyards.

Margaret lives in Dundee with her husband Jonny and their two rescue cats Leo and Junebug.

Kate Spielman

Kate Spielman – Marketing Manager

A Nebraska native with a business degree from Creighton University, Kate is Fairsing Vineyard’s Marketing Manager. Kate’s experience includes small business management as well as restaurant development and operations with her most recent tenure in the marketing and sales arena.

When not traveling to Oregon or beyond, Kate can be found walking with her rescue dog, avoiding home-improvement projects or enjoying a glass of wine.

Grape Hauler

The Grape Hauler

Fairsing Vineyard’s eye candy. This gas-guzzling 4400 Chevrolet flat-bed truck with duals loves its mechanic.

Born in 1956, the “Grape Hauler” sports a new 350 under the hood, and a heavy-duty transmission. It makes crush pad crews swoon when pulling up with a full load of freshly picked Pinot noir.  

When not on the road during harvest, it is home to a family of mice who live beneath the dash.

Resident Labrador retrievers at Fairsing Vineyard.

Doyle and Darcy

Fairsing Vineyard’s dynamic duo. True to their Labrador lineage these knuckleheads take advantage of every picnic lunch and open gate they encounter.

Demoted from positions on our hospitality team due to unbridled enthusiasm, these two can be found roaming the orchard or, most likely, lounging in their kennel.