Ashley moved with her family to Portland, Oregon from California at the age of ten, and then out to Carlton in high school, just up the road from Lemelson Vineyards; her sister actually worked for Eric pulling weeds in the Stermer Vineyard after the first vines were planted.
Once in Carlton, she fell in love with the Willamette Valley. Growing up, Ashley often helped out at friends and neighbor’s wineries during harvest and shared many bottles of wine on many different dinner tables, quickly realizing just how special Oregon Pinot noir is.
In an effort to save the world, Ashley went to school for Political Science at Oregon State University and spent time studying and travelling throughout Europe. When she returned to Oregon, she found herself still drawn to the wine industry. Ashley helped out on the sorting line at Lemelson Vineyards in 2009 and was quickly hired on as a full-time intern by the Winemaker. She worked at Lemelson Vineyards on and off over the next two years.
After working at a variety of producers, including Shea Wine Cellars, Brittan and Winderlea Vineyards, and Patton Valley Vineyard, she has returned to Lemelson Vineyards in the role of Assistant winemaker. Ashley is thrilled to be back at Lemelson, where she first truly fell in love with wine and winemaking. She loves that she can make wine with great folks in a gravity flow winery with incredible and diverse vineyards and call it a job!
When Ashley is not making or drinking wine, she is often found with her head in a book, her hands in the garden or cooking and traveling with her wife.