Vidon Vineyard Hires Tiquette Bramlett as President
NEWBERG, Ore. (May 4, 2021) – Vidon Vineyard is excited to announce Tiquette Bramlett as the winery’s new president. Bramlett, a member of the Willamette Valley wine community since 2015, is the first Black woman hired to lead a winery both in Oregon and the country. She excels at helping people understand wine by explaining winemaking in an approachable, genuine way and in 2020 founded Our Legacy Harvested, a nonprofit with the goal of promoting diversity and inclusivity in Oregon’s wine industry. As Vidon Vineyard President, Bramlett will advance Vidon’s mission of responsibly growing diversity, inclusivity, and community through wine.
Bramlett studied Organizational Leadership at Chapman University. A trained vocalist who has sung at the Sydney Opera House, her artistic passion carried over into sensory expression while wine tasting. She took a deep dive into all the ways taste, emotion, and technique are evoked in different wines. While studying to be a sommelier, she was introduced to Willamette Valley wines, which soon became a passion. Bramlett began her career in the Willamette Valley wine industry in 2015, first as a tasting room associate at Anne Amie Vineyards and most recently as a brand ambassador for Abbey Creek Vineyard. At Abbey Creek, she created an elevated in-house consumer tasting experience and served as the acting liaison for the Willamette Valley Winery Association, Women in Wine, and Assemblage Symposium. She has experience creating new sales opportunities with restaurants, hotels, wine shops, and event coordinators; she coordinated to have Anne Amie as the featured beverage in the 2020 Emmys and Golden Globes gift bags. The Oregon wine community has become a family to her, and she’s committed to help create opportunities for diversity at all levels of Oregon winemaking.
Bramlett’s expertise, leadership, and love of wine and the local winemaking community will be great assets as Vidon Vineyard moves into a bold new era. In November of 2020, Vidon was purchased by Dru and Erin Allen, wine enthusiasts who had quietly dreamed of owning a winery one day when they discovered Vidon was for sale. Delighted by the unconstrained yet balanced wines, the hillside tasting room, and the unique microexpressions to be found throughout the 12.5-acre vineyard, Dru and Erin jumped at the chance to become stewards of Vidon and the land.
“When I first met Dru and Erin, there was an immediate almost familial connection,” Bramlett explained earnestly. “We align on so many things, with the biggest being to make the most out of the minutes we are given. Their vision for making beautiful wines, providing a unique hospitality experience, all while staying focused on our mission, I have no doubt that we are going to do great things as a team here at Vidon."
The team includes Dr. David Bellows as head winemaker, a former yeast biologist who made the 2017 and 2018 vintages at Vidon Vineyard. Together they plan on implementing a program to make the Willamette Valley a more welcoming home for diverse talent, focused on founding an entry-level apprenticeship where members of the BIPOC community have an accessible and equitable introduction to the winemaking industry.
Erin and Dru knew they wanted to hire someone who would advance this mission as they build a team-centric organization that will sustainably steward the land they’ve been entrusted with. Hiring Bramlett, they say, was an easy choice.
“Tiquette’s extensive knowledge of all things wine, unique approach to hospitality, akin values, and immeasurable exuberance perfectly aligns with our ethos," shares Erin and Dru Allen. "We cannot wait to see what we accomplish together as we navigate the future of Vidon.”
Vidon Vineyard’s new mission aligns with Bramlett’s personal goals. In 2020, Bramlett founded a non-profit called Our Legacy Harvested (OLH). Our Legacy Harvested’s mission is to educate, advance, and empower the BIPOC community at any career level so that tasting rooms, cellars, and vineyards may be welcoming to, and may better represent the diverse world of wine drinkers and enthusiasts. OLH plans to provide a mentorship experience, including housing and a vehicle for their mentees, and facilitate bread-breaking opportunities with industry representatives and members of the BIPOC winemaking community to encourage strong, lasting relationships. Having been raised in an interracial family with parents who encouraged open conversation, Bramlett is no stranger to conversations about race and believes that—just as she learned about the intricacies of wine by asking questions— open conversation can help our society heal and move forward. Bramlett is also the Associate Director with the Assemblage Symposium. Assemblage exists to inspire deep, intersectional conversations about the challenges faced by women and diverse communities in wine, with particular focus on amplifying the voices of those traditionally underrepresented in the drinks business.
Bramlett’s passion for Willamette Valley wines, along with her experience in promoting diversity in Oregon wines, makes her the ideal person to lead Vidon Vineyard as they enact their mission to create exceptional wines and transform the wine community into a more diverse and inclusive place.
About Vidon Vineyard
Vidon Vineyard brings a delightfully unconventional approach to everything it does: a bold mission to make the wine community a more welcoming and diverse place, its unique Chehalem Mountain vineyard varietals, the unconstrained yet balanced estate wines, and hillside tasting room which offers a first-hand look at the winemaking action. The Vidon philosophy is sustainable and minimalist. Both the vineyard and winery are certified under the LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) program and Salmon Safe, and every step in the process is done gently, mostly by hand. Founded in 1999 by Don and Vicki Hagge with a commitment to intentionally unconventional winemaking, Vidon Vineyard uses a traditional hands-off approach, allowing the unique microexpressions of the vineyard to come through in the final vintage. Lured into the winegrowing business by the Willamette Valley wine community’s commitment to sharing, kinship, teaching and quality, in November 2020, Erin and Dru Allen purchased Vidon Vineyard. Drawn to the Vineyard’s stunning wines and breathtaking views, they knew they had found the perfect place to facilitate their dream. Vidon’s current head winemaker is Dr. David Bellows, a former yeast biologist who also made the 2017 and 2018 vintages. The Allens hired Tiquette Bramlett in spring of 2021 as President to oversee the vineyard’s operations and ensure every aspect advances Vidon’s mission of responsibly growing diversity, inclusivity, and community through wine. Vidon Vineyard is located at 17425 NE Hillside Dr in Newberg, OR, and is open for indoor and outdoor tastings by appointment only. To schedule a reservation, call 503-538-4092. Find more information at https://vidonvineyard.com/ and sign up for the newsletter. Follow us on Instagram at @vidonwine or Facebook at @Vidonwinery.