Justin Wylie, Winemaker, Owner and Chief Relaxation Officer
A fourth generation Walla Wallan, Justin became fascinated with the blossoming wine industry literally sprouting up in his backyard. Inspired, he started making wine in his garage, learning from local winemakers, growers and aficionados. Before long, Justin found his palate and his hobby turned into a passion: with the encouragement from friends and family, Justin began his first commercial crush in the fall of 2003 and Va Piano was born. In his free time, Justin enjoys hanging out at the winery on the weekends and shooting the shit with customers.
Derri Reid, General Manager
Derri was born and raised in Walla Walla and has been involved in the Walla Walla Wine Industry since 2006. She has enjoyed seeing the town grow into the wine destination it is today. Derri joined the Va Piano team in April of 2010 as the Tasting Room and Wine Club Manager. She now manages the daily operations of the winery in Walla Walla, including the Wine Club, and oversees the Bend, OR and Spokane, WA tasting rooms. In her free time (what’s that?), you’ll find Derri golfing with her husband, or more likely, chasing around her son, Blake and twin daughters, Kai & Dylan. Also, she never is one to pass up a glass of wine or cocktail with friends.
Jeremy Eubanks, Assistant Winemaker
Jeremy grew up in Louisiana and Alabama. Most people can’t tell that when he talks because he’s likely lost in the romanticism of wine, food, and hospitality. He has worked in wineries in Washington, Oregon, and South Africa, learning small-lot winemaking from some of the best in the business. In addition to winery production, he is an accomplished sommelier, having worked with some of the best chefs and wine-directors in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest. In his free time, Jeremy loves nothing more than cracking open a bottle of either Jaques Selosse Champagne or Budweiser to share with his close friends. The friendly hospitality of dark dive bars are his guilty pleasure.
Brooke Frazier, Tasting Room Manager, Walla Walla
Brooke is a 6th generation Walla Wallan from a large wheat farming family. Brooke joined the Va Piano Team in March 2015 and brings her big personality and spunk in her role as tasting room manager. Brooke takes pride in making everyone that walks through the door feel like they are part of the VP family. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, downhill skiing, deer hunting and a cocktail or two at the end of the day.
Alejandro Pena, Va Piano Vineyard Manager
Alejandro has been an integral part of the Va Piano team since 2004. His attention to detail in the vineyard and winery has contributed immensely to our success. We don’t know what we would do without him. In his free time, Alejandro and his wife Teresa, enjoy watching their son Bryan play soccer, and playing with their grandson, Miquel. Alejandro also is a Mexican cerveza connoisseur, and enjoys cold ones after a hot day in the vineyard.
Mauri Brown, Bend Tasting Room Manager
Mauri grew up in California and moved to Oregon in 2005 to attend Oregon State University. As a senior in college she accepted a marketing internship with a well respected Oregon wine producer and continued to work for them on both their Direct Sales and National Sales teams until her move to Bend in 2015. Mauri spends her free time snowboarding, hiking, traveling, and of course drinking wine.