Meet Our Winemaker
JULIA CATTRALL, Lead Winemaker for Great Oregon Wine Company (GOWC) in the Pacific Northwest.
As part of the fifth generation on her family’s century farm, Julia has deep roots in the Willamette Valley wine industry. Her work in viticulture began at the tender age of seven, learning organic viticulture from her father at the Cattrall Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.
Julia began crafting Duck Pond wines with a mission to preserve and uphold the beauty and legacy of Oregon’s esteemed wines nurtured with the same love and attention as their founders. Her beautifully crafted wines have earned many 90+ points by key wine industry opinion leaders.
Julia earned a degree in Anthropology from Reed College with a thesis on viticultural practices in Burgundy. Drawing on a career-long emphasis on sustainable and artisan winemaking practices, Julia now leads the winemaking team crafting award-winning wines for Great Oregon Wine Co. and Distillery including Duck Pond Natural Path Production, Duck Pond Heritage wines, Rascal, Ransom, and The Great Oregon Wine Company brand. She also hand-selects the finest botanicals for both Ransom Dry and Sweet Vermouth which made Wine Enthusiasts top 100 spirits list scoring 92pts!
When not crafting delicious wines, Julia enjoys exploring Oregon’s forests and rivers, caring for a menagerie of farm animals, and putting the finishing touches on the home she and her sister built with their father on the farm.
The 2020 vintage marks an historic moment for Duck Pond as the First Certified Natural Path Production Wine in America by the Clean Label Project™. Clean Label Project™ is a national non-profit with the mission to bring truth and transparency to food and consumer product labelling @cleanlabelproject.org
It took 3 years in the making, a lot of trial and error and extreme focus and dedication, but well worth the achievement. In the end, fewer inputs means that there is less chance for additives to interfere with the flavors that should be naturally present in the wine.
“CLP [Clean Label Project] sets the bar really high, and we had to learn how to do a lot of stuff differently in order to comply. We’re glad to be included in the program because making wine this way comports so well with our values of purity, transparency and leaving the world in a better place than we found it.”