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Chris Mazepink grew up on the east coast along the Chesapeake Bay. Wine was never really a part of his family life growing up, so it wasn’t until he took a job at a wine shop in upstate New York while attending university that he discovered his love of wine. Deciding there was no better way to understand the process than to experience it firsthand, Chris experimented with making small quantities of homemade wine, which exposed him to the fundamentals of fermentation. As graduation loomed, Chris had not yet decided upon a profession, so he resolved to transform his hobby into a career.
He began his career in 2002 as an assistant winemaker at Lemelson Vineyards, an ultra-premium winery located in Carlton, Oregon. From there, he went on to become the assistant winemaker at Shea Wine Cellars in Newberg, Oregon, a boutique winery known for producing limited production Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Impressed with his talents, the winery promptly promoted him to winemaker within his first year of hire.
In 2008, Chris took the reigns as director of winemaking and viticulture at Benton Lane Winery in Monroe, Oregon where he oversaw all vineyard and winemaking operations for the 26,000-case production winery, including a 145-acre estate vineyard. In 2013, Chris joined Archery Summit as its new Winemaker and General Manager. His focus at the estate is on expanding the winery’s impressive Pinot Noir program, which already has a reputation for producing some of the finest New World Pinot Noir. Likewise, he intends to further develop the winery’s Pinot Gris production and cultivate a program that emphasizes vineyard-specific bottlings similar to the estate’s illustrious Pinot Noir portfolio.