Our Peeps

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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 afficianados.  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.

Liz Wylie, Owner & Wine Drinker Extraordinaire

Liz Wylie was born and raised in Snohomish, WA.  She attended and graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Hospitality Management.  Liz and Justin met shortly after college, and after making a home in Walla Walla she played an integral role in creating and growing Va Piano.  Together, Justin and Liz have 3 children; Jake, Arianna and Sienna. Much of her free time revolves around shuttling kids from school to sports. But, as an avid athlete herself, when she is not cheering on her son at his high school varsity basketball or baseball games, she is training for a marathon, triathlon or Iron Man!  And when taking a break from training, Liz enjoys a cold G&T by the pool.

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.

Brooke Frazier, Director of Hospitality, Walla Walla

Brooke is a Walla Walla native, she is the 6th generation of a large wheat farming family in the Walla Walla Valley.  Brooke joined the Va Piano Team in March 2015 and is an integral part of our renowned hospitality.  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

We have been fortunate to have Alejandro working with us 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 colds ones after a hot day in the vineyard.

Mauri Brown, Bend Tasting Room Manager

Mauri Brown 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.

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