Wooldridge Creek, once a hobby vineyard, planted by Ted and Mary in the 1970’s, evolved into the vineyard, winery, creamery and charcuterie business that it is today. The four of us remain enthusiastic and proud of the legacy we are creating. We believe that community and stewardship of the land are what it is all about.
In 1976 Ted, Mary, and their daughter, Chrys, searched the west coast looking for the “perfect” property to escape LA, and decided on Wooldridge Creek.
The next year, they build a “guest” cabin that they ended up living in for 25 years. And eventually were married on the site of what is our winery today.
In 2001, Greg Paneitz, left his job as a pharmaceutical research chemist to attend winemaking school in the south of France.
In 2004, Ted & Mary, with Greg & Kara, opened the original tasting room (known as the “carriage house”), and start building the winery (opened in 2005).
In 2006 their estate vineyard earned “salmon safe” certification. The next year, in 2007, their estate vineyard and winery earned the “LIVE Certified Sustainable” certification.
In 2014, they started planting vegetables, and introducing livestock to the land. Then in 2015 the “Crushpad Creamery” evolved and produced its first cheese, made with local organic milk. In 2017, they started producing Charcuterie (fermented meats & vegetables). They also added a pollinator garden. In 2018 Ted, Mary, Greg and Kara celebrate 40 years of grape-growing and 15 years of winemaking at Wooldridge Creek Vineyard, Winery, Creamery and Charcuterie