Evans Vineyard Staff
Even though our Underwood vineyards and winery are smaller than New Zealand they still require a huge effort to keep things running smoothly. We lean on our experience in New Zealand but are always having to update our knowledge to reflect different growing conditions and wine making.
As in New Zealand we depend on many people to do the best they can trying to improve through new ideas and technology. Oregon Kosher has given us tremendous support in making our kosher wines. Many of their staff have spent numerous hours at the winery.
I am responsible for the wine making at Underwood but rely on the experience and help from our two other experienced winemakers in New Zealand, Matt Rutherford and Jules Randell. We all travel back and forth, but at the end of the day, it is very rewarding.
Philip & Sheryl Jones
Founders and Winemaker
Philp and Sheryl purchased land in the Columbia Gorge in 2006. Vineyards were planted and a winery built over the next three years. Spencer Hill’s New Zealand success was based on Phil’s passion for getting things right. Within four years of starting that winery he had won the top Chardonnay prize in the world at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Many top awards followed over the next two decades. His passion is now focussed on the Columbia Gorge.
Philip graduated from the University of California with a BS in Viticulture and graduate degrees in Pest Management and Oenology. He is considered an expert in Integrated Pest Management and Sustainability in agriculture. He spent 20 years as a agricultural consultant to various federal and state agencies and numerous agricultural companies. Sheryl graduated from California State University with a BS in Psychology and spent 15 years as an independent sales consultant in California.
They are both active pilots and have raised two sons.
Matt has been with us since 1990. For many years he worked with Philip as Assistant Winemaker, then Head Winemaker and now is in charge of the New Zealand winery. He provides valuable support to the team with his wine making and Viticulture skills and knowledge of the wine industry in general. He has earned his position in New Zealand as Managing Director through dedication, hard work and his genuine care for others opinions. Matt is an expert in the requirements of making kosher wines and also has a thorough understanding of the wine markets worldwide. He enjoys his visits to the Columbia Gorge and a chance to be hands on with the wine making.
Jules joined the New Zealand staff in June of 2011 as Associate Winemaker working with Matt. A graduate of Lincoln University with a BS in Oenology he has had significant experience as a winemaker at a number of Australian wineries. After three years of working with us he has now taken the position as New Zealand Head Winemaker. His experience both in New Zealand and Australia add valuable insight into making our wines in the Northwest.
Spencer has worked alongside Matt, and then Jules at our Goose Bay winery in New Zealand, as well as completing Vintages in Marlborough, Napa, and Oregon. He has earned his BS in Oenology from Lincoln University with honours. Spencer is passionate about the wines of Washington and Oregon, and has joined us here in the Northwest with the aim of developing the Pacifica brand further, and taking the winery into the future.
Oregon Kosher is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Kashrus through education, research, and supervision. Oregon Kosher provides all of the supervision and labor for making our kosher wines. Tuvia is responsible for helping us with the required labor when making the kosher wines. He has spent many hours
Viticulturalist & Vineyard Manager
Joe Cushman is reponsible for growing our grapes. A graduate of Oregon State University at Corvalis in Viticulture he started his own viticultural consulting company in 2012. He is from a family with deep roots in the wine industry. His father is a prominent winemaker in the area and his brother is also a winemaker. Joe is improving our vineyard quality and production to meet the expectations the winemakers have.