About Us

As Wooldridge Creek has evolved from a “hobby” vineyard planted by Ted and Mary in the 1970’s, to the vineyard, winery, creamery and charcuterie business that it is today, the four of us remain enthusiastic and proud of the legacy we are creating. We have become a family – sharing births, deaths, arrivals and departures. Between us we have five children and two grandchildren. We are hopeful that one of them will fall in love with this place we all call home and want to carry on for us into the future. We believe that community and stewardship of the land are what it is all about.

1870’s

Wooldridge family homesteads at the site of the future upper vineyard

1915

Glen Wooldridge, a distant cousin, opens the Rogue River for future rafting

1976

1976

Ted and Mary search the west coast of the USA looking for the “perfect” property to escape LA and decide on Wooldridge Creek

1977

1977

Ted and Mary build a “guest” cabin that they end up living in for 25 years. They marry on the site of future winery and neighbors present drink Ted’s basement stash of first growth Bordeaux

1978

The “hobby” vineyard is planted with two varietals

1982

Ted attempts to make wine (luckily for Kara and Greg it did not go well)

1984

1984

Additional parcels of land were acquired and the vineyard is expanded. Neighbor “Rich” takes over care of the vineyard.

1990’s

Grapes are sold to wineries throughout Oregon

2000

Ted retires from United and becomes a full-time farmer

2001

2001

Greg leaves lucrative job as a pharmaceutical research chemist to attend winemaking school in the south of France (mid-life crises at 28?)

2002

Greg and Kara meet at winemaking school at California State University, Fresno

2003

Greg and Kara “wine kids” arrive in Southern Oregon start dreaming of (and pitching the idea) of a winery to Ted and Mary

2003

Ted, Mary, Greg and Kara make their first wines together at Valley View Winery and move into the “little house” at Wooldridge Creek

2004

2004

Wooldridge Creek opens first tasting room in the garage of the carriage house (the corner of which was mistakenly built on the neighbors’ property)

2004

Construction begins on winery and wine club is begun

2005

Greg joins the Applegate Fire Dept. after losing a few cases of wine off his truck onto Hwy 238. and relies on the local fire department to “clean up his mess”

2005

2005

Grand Opening of the winery and new tasting room (with indoor plumbing, heating and air conditioning)

2006

Vineyard earns “salmon safe” certification

2007

Vineyard and Winery earn “LIVE Certified Sustainable” certification. Greg and Kara marry on the covered patio in the pouring rain.

2009

2009

The Oregonian refers to Kara as the “most powerful winemaker in the state” (Whatever THAT means)

2013

The “annex” is built to accommodate the “keg” program

2014

Employee vegetable garden established

2015

2015

Crushpad Creamery produces first cheese made with local organic milk

2016

Additional tanks are added to the winery and our retired goats “the ladies” arrive

2017

2017

Charcuterie (fermented meats and vegetables) are produced on site and the “minis” arrive.

2017

The pollinator garden is planted to showcase plants and flowers that benefit bees and butterflies.

2018

Ted, Mary, Greg and Kara celebrate 40 years of grape-growing and 15 years of winemaking at Wooldridge Creek Vineyard, Winery, Creamery and Charcuterie