Angela Estate is a small family winery in Oregon with an international pedigree. The winery is a collaboration between second-generation South African winery owners, Antony & Angela Beck and winemaker, Ken Wright. We specialize in producing single-vineyard, estate Pinot noirs from the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.
Antony continues his father’s legacy in South Africa with Graham Beck winery and began a new one in Oregon with winemaker Ken Wright.
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ANTONY BECK | OWNER
Antony Beck is a husband, father and business man who loves Pinot Noir. The Becks own and direct Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, one of the premier thoroughbred horse breeding farms in the country. Beck also owns the world-renowned Graham Beck winery in South Africa with vineyards planted by his father in 1984. His passion for Pinot led him to Oregon and cultivated his friendship with winemaker Ken Wright. Beck feels that Oregon is the best place in the U.S. to produce world-class Pinot noir. He named the winery after his wife and partner of more than 20 years, Angela.
ANGELA BECK | OWNER
Angela Beck is a successful business woman who began her company, Pomegranate in 1995. Pomegranate specializes in apparel, textiles and accessories. She and Antony reside in Lexington, KY and share five beautiful, talented children.
KEN WRIGHT | WINEMAKER
The seed for a career in wine was planted squarely in Bourbon country of Lexington, Kentucky. Ken Wright left the Bluegrass State to attend enology and viticulture classes at UC-Davis. Wright spent eight years in Monterey County of California’s central coast before moving to Oregon. In 1986, with family, belongings and 10 Cabernet barrels in tow, Ken moved to McMinnville and started Panther Creek Cellars. His concept of focusing on vineyard-designate bottlings began during those years at Panther Creek and was cemented as a core philosophy in 1994 when Ken Wright Cellars was founded in historic downtown Carlton.
With his appreciation of sense of place, it was a given that Ken would contribute to the locations and industry near and dear to his heart. Instrumental in organizing the six new American Viticultural Areas (AVA’s) in the Northern Willamette Valley that define in detail the distinct growing areas within the region, he authored the proposition for the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and served as the association’s first president. Involvement in the community has always been a central tenet for Wright. This effort is made evident by his role with his wife Karen in co-founding Salud, a non-profit that funds local food backs and children’s programs.
MARK GOULD | VINEYARD MANAGER
From 1988 – 1992, Mark Gould was the executive sous chef at the John Hancock Building in Chicago. He later came to Portland and became the executive chef at Atwater’s. Gould met Ken Wright during his tenure there at several wine events. The two became fast friends. After two years spent creating Red Star Tavern and Roasthouse, Gould made a career-changing decision and joined the Ken Wright Cellars team as vineyard manager. Almost two decades later, the two men are still working side by side. Gould’s depth of experience and his nutrition-based farming approach are keys to the quality of Angela Estate fruit.
JESSICA ENDSWORTH | GENERAL MANAGER
Jessica Endsworth’s career began in the dining scene in St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL. She moved to Oregon in 2004 and has been working in Willamette Valley ever since. “Establishing Angela Estate winery is a great adventure,” said Endsworth. “We have stunning, stratified, established vineyards with varied clonal selection. Ken Wright is one of the most pedigreed winemakers in Oregon creating our signature style. Mark Gould is an exceptional vineyard manager who farms with the dogma of responsible diversity. Antony Beck is a savvy, generous and passionate owner. Our tasting room team is educated and fun. All of the bones for success are there. We just have to knit them together.”
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JOHN TARLETON | ACCOUNT MANAGER
John Tarleton grew up in Raleigh, NC, and worked in restaurants for most of his young life. He moved to New York City in 2006 to study with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and worked for many years as Sommelier and Wine Director at Artisanal Bistro and Picholine. In 2011, John moved to the wholesale division of Frederick Wildman and Sons, where he called on high-end restaurants and hotels in New York. He joined Angela Estate at the beginning of 2016. John has always been a keen admirer of Oregon’s unique place in the wine landscape, and is an enthusiastic ambassador for Angela Estate and the region.
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CYLER VARNUM | DIRECT TO CONSUMER MANAGER
Cyler Varnum grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He was introduced to wine while studying abroad in Australia. His wine career has covered everything from retail sales and restaurant sommelier service to importing and wholesaling. Cyler first moved to Oregon in 2008 where he interned for harvest at a Yamhill-Carlton winery. He returned in 2014 to begin work at Angela Estate. Cyler’s driving passion, in wine, is to continue learning and to make wine a more casual part of peoples’ lives.
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LEANN LOVELAND | LEAD SALES ASSOCIATE
Leann Loveland, affectionately called Leanny, currently serves as our Lead Sales Associate at the Angela Estate tasting room. She joined the company in April of 2015 after spending over 20 years managing and directing wine programs at some of the most premier restaurants in Portland, Oregon. Leann is a certified sommelier and loves sharing her wine and food knowledge with others. She is known best for her charismatic sense of humor, outstanding hospitality and uncanny ability to make people feel welcome and comfortable.
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FOUNDATIONS IN FRIENDSHIP
Ken Wright met Antony Beck at a charity event in Lexington, Kentucky through a mutual friend, Rob Rosenstein. The auction and event were held at nearby thoroughbred horse farm (Gainesway), owned and operated by Antony and Angela Beck. The auction and the introduction were a success. The Becks and the Wrights made fast friends and a discussion about a project in Oregon was forged.
Beck had fallen in love with Pinot Noir with his South African winery, Graham Beck. Started by his father, the winery had specialized in making Pinot Noir into sparkling wine on that side of the world. He hoped to make an equally magnificent still wine on the other side. Oregon proved to be the ideal location for Beck.
Rosenstein and Beck decided to invest in a venture. “Our intention was then is as it is now: to make the best wine in Oregon, with the best fruit and the best wine maker,” said Beck. The duo purchased the land that was to become known as the Clawson Creek vineyard, located on Savannah Ridge directly beneath Abbott Claim vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Under the watchful eye of vineyard manager, Mark Gould and winemaker, Ken Wright, the first 21 acres were planted in 2006. The remaining 13 acres were planted in 2007. The winery was named “Angela” in honor of Beck’s wife and “Clawson Creek Vineyard” in honor of Rosenstein’s. In 2010, the winery and the vineyard names changed exclusively to “Angela Estate.”