Ryan Harms,

My name is Ryan Harms, and I founded Union Wine Company.

I moved to Oregon in 2001 and embraced wholeheartedly the region’s unique spirit and passion for craftsmanship, finally deciding in 2005 to satisfy that entrepreneurial bug that had been nagging me to start something that I could be proud of.

I’ve worked for some great Oregon wineries throughout my career. In so many cases, my friends wanted to support us, but simply couldn’t afford to. I decided that I wasn’t going to accept that wine made in Oregon had to be expensive. So, Union is about creating something that I can share with friends and family and make accessible, without sacrificing quality.

We opened up shop and made it our mission at Union to pay close attention to the details, while leaving the fussy parts behind. By being efficient about everything, from how we set up the winery to how we make wine, we knew we could successfully create that marriage of craft and small-scale manufacturing. We chose the name Union to honor and bring together the diversity, spirit and character of Oregon that we love.

At the end of the day, wine is just a beverage. And then it becomes part of something greater. It brings people together over a meal, for celebrations big and small. And that’s incredibly satisfying to me, and to all of us at Union.

Meredith McGough, WinemaKER

Her Italian mother and free-spirited father ensured that Meredith appreciated wine and travel early and often, leading her to dive headlong into a Viticulture and Enology education at UC Davis before she was of legal drinking age. The combinations of tradition and innovation, physical and mental, art and science sustain her passion for the craft of winemaking. A native Pacific Northwesterner through and through, Meredith found a home at Union Wine Co. after several years making decidedly pinkies-up wines in the Napa Valley, a few formative vintages braving the Oregon elements with a couple of our friends in the Willamette Valley wine industry, and some time harvest-hopping and adventuring in France, Australia, and New Zealand. As Winemaker, Meredith works with the rest of the team to put impressive, unpretentious wine in the can or bottle.


A number of years ago, Cheney agreed to help his brother, a winemaker, with one harvest and that was all it took for him to realize where he belonged. He found that winemaking perfectly merged his love of science with his passion for creativity. Valuing hands-on experience, Cheney’s held nearly every role in the wine industry from cellar hand to sales person, but it’s creating that perfect glass of wine that is his first love. As winemaker, Cheney ensures the quality of our wines from start to finish. When he’s not at work, he’s climbing mountains, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or playing in whitewater. Whatever his adventure, he always carries a little extra weight, so he can celebrate a long day with a can of The Bubbles. Here at Union, Cheney ranks a close second only to his Australian Shepherd Sophie, who has become a beloved member our office team.


Yep. That last name does sound familiar. Eric has always held the spark of entrepreneurial spirit, hawking walnuts with his older brother Ryan throughout their childhood streets of Holland, MI. Being the numbers guy, he’s a whiz in the financial world and knows his way around an Excel spreadsheet like none other. Drawing on his 10+ years of experience as a financial analyst in multiple industries from healthcare to wine, Eric has added strategic leadership to Union’s growing finance team and is helping to support growth of the business with true family spirit. When not traveling to sunny or snowy locales on the weekends, he and his wife have recently made Oregon their official home and we are happy they are finally here to stay.


With a strong background in marketing from the agency side, Darin has a passion for getting to the heart of a brand and its story. He was drawn to Union for its unpretentious, authentic approach to fine wine. “Union Wine feels like an outdoor active lifestyle brand that happens to make great wine,” says Darin. Born and raised in the Northwest, Darin has a homegrown love for the mountains and fits right in with our team. He spends much of his time outside camping and hiking with his three sons, wife Amy, and dog Axl Rose. In between family time and work time, he manages to squeeze in what he calls, “self-imposed adventure runs.” His forays have included a circumnavigation of Mount St. Helens (over 30 miles) and a summer of running every single trail in Forest Park. If you want to get in touch with Darin, call him at work because you’re unlikely to catch up with him any other time.


Adam caught the wine bug at an early age while living in Austria and began his career pursuing his sommelier diploma and working with several up-and-coming wineries. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with his passion to understand every element that goes into creating that perfect glass of wine led him to us. Adam loves the idea of integrating guerilla marketing and delivering that “wow” moment to our consumers — when a wine becomes a memory. When not traveling the US spreading Union Wine cheer, you’ll find him in a small country town in North Carolina, cooking with his young daughter Ava and his wife Janis, hiking with his two Brittany Spaniels, and suffering through another tough season as a Mets fan.

Justin Hoffman, Northwest REGIONAL Manager

Follow the trail of skis, climbing ropes, scuba tanks, running shoes, and other outdoor paraphernalia, and you’ll find Justin sipping a can of wine at the end of a very good day. Justin has traveled the globe, mountain range to mountain range, tasting some of the world’s most renowned wines, but he always lands back in Oregon, where we’ve shown that fine wines don’t have to come at a high price. (Also, the cans fit easily in his backpack.) Justin was the first employee hired at Union Wine, so we can say with confidence, he has experience in every facet of the industry. Justin’s knowledge and passion for all things Northwest — from wines to wilderness — have been instrumental to our success today.


Devin cut his teeth in the wine biz early on, learning the beverage sales ropes over the course of a decade at Kendall-Jackson. He later went on to broaden his view of the industry with leadership roles for Foley Family Wines and J Vineyards & Winery. Oregon eventually called his name (we understand its allure!) and he landed here in the Willamette Valley, where he most recently served as Western Region Sales Director for Domaine Serene. We spied his desire for a less fussy way to share his passion for wine, and brought him on board to head Union’s sales efforts throughout the southwest. When he isn’t making his way through California, Arizona, or Hawaii, he is the devoted dad and coach of two sports-playing sons and finds his way to the golf course with his wife in those rare spare moments for relaxation.


Shannon is a quintessential New Englander at heart, but when reaching for a nice glass of wine, she looks toward the great Northwest. Having been in the wine business most of her life, Shannon was drawn to Union Wine Company not just for its quality products but also for its uncompromising mission to create affordable Oregon wines that inspire family and friends to gather around the table. Shannon herself has been known to crack open a bottle of wine and make a huge, hearty meal for neighbors, friends, and family just as an excuse to get everyone together. With a love of wine as big as her love of people, Shannon is a natural fit here. When she’s not chatting it up with a client or cooking up a storm, she’s practicing Yoga or off on a hike with her son and two dogs.


Patrizio brings with him a deep passion for wine and an extensive knowledge of the industry that spans the globe. With family from both Spain and Italy, he has lived all across Europe. Although the scenery may change, his home is always filled with an abundance of good food and great wine. Patrizio moved to the United States in 1999 and hit the ground running with jobs at some of the largest distributors in the country, that is, until a can caught his eye. Drawn by the innovative notion of packaging high-quality wine in a can that is accessible to all, Patrizio joined us here at Union Wine. With a passion for friends, food, wine, and innovation you can drink, he fits right in. When he’s not cooking or playing racquetball, he’s out walking with his two beloved rescue dogs.

Chris Laraway, Southeast Regional Manager

Four years ago, while strolling through the wine section in his home state of North Carolina, Chris glimpsed a simple can of Underwood Rosé. One sip later, he was sold on the idea — the taste, the can, the price, the innovation. Chris continued his work in the beverage industry at Lonerider Brewery — more recently as Director of Sales — but on those hot Carolina weekends, he was sipping his Underwood Rosé and looking West. When the opportunity arose for him to join the Union Wine crew, the choice was clear, and we’re happy to have him. When he’s not on the job, Chris lives the simple life, enjoying time with his wife, Katie, their son, Cooper, and their sweet black lab, Cam. His hobbies? Well, here’s a pro-tip: don’t ask Chris about his home-smoked Carolina barbeque unless you have some time to spare!


It takes a village to make good wine. And, we’re lucky to have quite the seasonal crew helping us out with harvesting, bottling, and anything that makes our process more efficient and streamlined.  Our extended family is just as passionate about our finished product as we are, and is excited to share their hard work with the world with each and every vintage.

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Tim Alioth

Maintenance II

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Juan Basurto

Packaging Machine Operator 2

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Amy Carr

Logistics & Compliance/
Customer Service Supervisor

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Sean Comninos

Packaging Manager

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Emmanuel Cortes

Packaging Lead

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Shawn Cunningham

Cellarhand 2

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Joanna Engel

Assistant Winemaker

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Nancy Flint

Accounting Manager

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Edgar Dillanes Gomez

Packaging Lead

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Mike Heilbronner

General Counsel

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Jacob Kiene

Cellar Lead

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Julie Leverenz

Staff Accountant

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Marcus Mejia

Marketing Associate

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Jenna Morris

Inventory Control & Sustainability Specialist

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Janeeta Nelson

Financial Analyst

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Joan Olbrantz

Marketing Operations Manager

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Ellie Richey

HR Coordinator

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Alexandra Scharpnick

Customer Experience and Hospitality Specialist

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Silke Schuh

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Robert Wentland

Cellarhand 2