Chief Executive Officer
Travis started his 20-year career in the wine industry shortly after graduating from USC with a degree from the School of Cinema and Television. As a harvest cellar worker in Templeton, California, he became entranced with the intricacies of wine production and was startled to find it quite similar to film-making: a combination of artistic sensibility and technical execution. He made his way through the Central Coast from cellar tech to cellar supervisor, landing a position as production manager for Greg and Greg/Tandem Winery in Sebastopol, CA in 2002.
At Tandem, he managed all aspects of wine production and consulted for a wide range of small producers, focusing on Pinot Noir. After Tandem, he accepted the position of assistant winemaker at Mazzocco in Healdsburg, expanding his experience to include vineyard specific, small lot Zinfandel production. For the last seven years, Travis has been making wine in Santa Barbara County for a long list of ultra-premium producers from Santa Rita Hills to Paso Robles. He joined Dobbes Family Estate team as production winemaker in 2015 and was promoted to Director of Winemaking Operations in 2017.
VP of Marketing & Sales
Originally from Massachusetts, Sarah Pearson has been living on the West Coast for over 20 years. Her curiosity about wine started while living in France and grew during her time spent living in close proximity to Napa/Sonoma, California wine country. Pearson is multi-lingual in Spanish, French and Hebrew, and is a certified Spanish Wine Educator, granted by the Spanish Wine Academy in San Francisco. She holds the WSET Level 2 from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, and the Basic Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Sarah’s worked at numerous wine companies during her 15 year tenure in the wine industry and her love for wine has not wavered. Sarah joined Dobbes Family Estate as VP of Marketing and Sales in fall 2018 and moved her family from California to Oregon. In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, two daughters and dog, and exploring new restaurants and craft cocktails.
Controller & Human Resources
Sales Operations Manager
Direct Sales Manager
Brand Marketing Manager
Tasting Room Manager
Wine Club & Event Coordinator
Winery Sales Ambassador
Born and raised in New Jersey, Toni had her first experience with wine on her grandmother’s vineyard estate, Setriolo in Castellina in Chianti, the famed Sangiovese growing region in Tuscany, Italy. She graduated from Cornell University Hotel School and decided wine was her passion. Working for Henry Wine Group and Wine Warehouse and then as a District Manager with Allied Domecq in Northern California, Toni found her stride. She moved to Oregon to raise her family and entered into the Oregon wine scene joining Young’s Market Company for nine years. Although she had sold Wine by Joe and Dobbes wines for many years, Toni is thrilled to be the NW Winery Ambassador and asset to the winery team by working all areas of the Pacific NW as well as throughout the country.
Cellar Technician & Vineyard Liaison
Chris is an Oregon native whom, after culminating a 12 year corporate insurance underwriting career in Wausau, Wisconsin, returned to his homeland to enter the Oregon wine industry. He has enjoyed 15 years within winemaking and proprietor positions throughout the Willamette Valley, and has settled into his wine production and vineyard liaison roles at Dobbes Family Estate since 2013. Chris and his wife have two children that will become the 3rd and 4th University of Oregon alumni within their family.
Oregon’s abundant recreational activities await Chris’s time.
When Toni isn’t extolling the many virtues of Dobbes wine, she can be found reading wine related books, watching wine related documentaries, listening to wine related podcasts, and drinking fabulous wine of course. She loves to spend time with her husband, her baby girl Marlee, and 4-legged baby, to travel around the world (she has been to 15 countries on 5 continents and counting!); she keeps her hands busy with embroidery, and considers herself a pretty fabulous home-chef. Toni also dabbles in yoga, hiking, and all the things the great Pacific Northwest has to offer!
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Born into the wine industry as Joe Dobbes’ daughter, Amelia Rose developed a passion for wine before she knew what it was. Growing up running through vineyards, hunting for bungs in the cellar, and sniffing out of her dad’s wine glass inevitably lead her to find her own joy in wine. She has been part of the Dobbes team since day one helping with everything from cleaning drains, bottling, crushing grapes during our 2017 harvest, and spreading her love for the juice in the tasting room. Amelia received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Oregon State University. After school, traveling abroad, and working in distribution, Amelia joined the Dobbes team in 2018. Catch her traveling, snowboarding, and spending time outside in the Willamette Valley when she isn’t sipping on Pinot.
Senior Cellar Technician
Senior Cellar Technician
Mark was born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and moved to Boston Massachusetts at the age of six. Since then he has spent time in San Antonio Texas, San Francisco California, and Newark New Jersey where he studied philosophy at Rutgers University. It is then perhaps no surprise that he found his passion in an industry as multi-cultural and diverse as the production of wine after working his first harvest at Rockwall Wine Company. Since then Mark has enjoyed the creative, scientific and active nature of wine production and is happy to have found a home here in Oregon at Dobbes Family Estate. In his free time Mark likes to cook, and to experience fine cuisine and wine from all over the world.
Senior Cellar Technician
Micheal is a true Oregonian! He started his wine industry career at Erath Winery in 2005. After 7 years of cellar work he joined the Dobbes team for the 2018 vintage.
Danielle grew up in Southern Oregon where she cultivated her love for everything outdoors like rafting, hiking, and camping. In 2007, Danielle moved to Portland to pursue a degree in Community Development at Portland State University. She had been happily employed at Jake’s Grill in downtown Portland while in school and during that time developed a keen interest for wine. Danielle graduated in 2012 and worked for two years at a non-profit called, The Street Trust, that advocates for bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout Oregon and Southwestern Washington. Danielle decided to take her wine education further by taking the intro level test through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2013 . It was not until then when she decided she wanted to go back to school for wine making and viticulture. She made some small batch wine in her apartment and went back to school for two years. Danielle received her degree from Chemeketa Community College in 2018 and quickly jumped into the wine industry in the Willamette Valley!
Britta’s career in wine was unforeseen even by her. Born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies and Electronic Media from Eastern Washington University. After a few years of trying out different jobs, she decided to move to California to pursue media work in 2015. She stopped in Oregon on the way and found herself applying for a job working harvest at Dobbes Family Estate. The journey to California was cut short as she found a home and a passion in Oregon winemaking. A few more harvests around the Willamette Valley, one harvest in Australia, and another degree in Winemaking later, she has returned to join the Dobbes team full time. She is an artist, writer, and musician who loves to create. She lives in McMinnville with her husband Kevin (whom she met during a harvest at Dobbes) and their cat-son Nigel.
Tasting Room Ambassador
Kendra grew up here in the Willamette Valley, but didn’t develop an appreciation for Oregon wine until she put her communications and journalism degree to work covering various aspects of this industry. Interest sparked, she made the change from tasting and writing to pouring and educating in the Eola-Amity Hills at St. Innocent Winery. After five years there making friends, selling wine and assisting with marketing, she decided to pursue a philanthropic gig at a local non-profit. However, the appeal of the wine business drew her back less than two years later. She’s now our tasting room ambassador who also oversees all donation requests: the perfect blend of her experience! When not busy here, Kendra enjoys cooking, baking, practicing yoga and searching for vintage treasures.
Tasting Room Ambassador & DTC Assistant
Elyssa was born and raised in New Jersey, moved to Ohio, then onto Providence, Rhode Island to attend Johnson and Wales University with dreams of becoming a pastry chef. After realizing she had Celiac Disease her career shifted from the pastry world into the beverage world. The first wine tasting she attended drove her passion into wine; each glass has a unique story. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Restaurant Food and Beverage Management, an Associates in Baking and Pastry Arts and a Minor in Sommelier Management. After graduation Elyssa attended Gastronomisches Bildungszentrum: an intense wine program in Koblenz, Germany. Soon after, she received her WSET Level 2 and is currently studying for Level 3. In January of 2019 Elyssa moved to the Willamette Valley and quickly found a home at Dobbes Family Estate. If she is not pouring wine, studying wine, or drinking wine, you can find Elyssa cooking, hiking and exploring new places.
Founder & Owner
Today our multi-faceted wine company is one of the largest in the state. We own 214 acres of vineyard and benefit from the work of more than 30 full-time, dedicated employees, as well as dozens of other part-time and seasonal workers. All have made a significant mark on the success of the company.
We love what we do, and we love each other (we like to call ourselves a family.) We’re confident that you’ll taste the passion behind every bottle we produce.
As a small business owner who has taken significant risk, I appreciate your support and patronage. And on behalf of my fantastic staff, we all say thank you!
Joe Dobbes founded Dobbes Family Estate in 2002 and set out to make handcrafted wines of distinction.
“As a small business owner who has taken significant risk, I appreciate your support and patronage.
And on behalf of the winery’s fantastic staff, we all say thank you!”
The winery is within the portfolio company of Bacchus Capital Management, an investment firm providing
strategic capital and making equity investments in United States family owned wineries and wine businesses.