Despite growing up in the heart of Oregon’s well established Willamette Valley, it wasn’t until midway through his BA in Environmental Humanities from Whitman College in Washington that Will became aware of the burgeoning Northwest wine country, which also happened to double as his college town. From there, it was only a matter of time before his studies and passions would intersect, leading him through the door of one of the Walla Walla Valley’s founding houses – Seven Hills Winery – and into a career.
Will started working in wine before he could legally enjoy it, completing his first harvest in 2007, while a twenty year old junior in college. Not surprisingly, he enjoyed it enough to tackle another vintage in the fall of his senior year, “because attempting to write an undergraduate thesis during the controlled chaos of harvest seemed like a brilliant idea”. Fortunately, he managed to impress both his adviser and bosses, graduating that spring and landing a full-time position with the winery the following summer.
From there, it was on to the nationally acclaimed Enology and Viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College. Will gained additional experience working for a small handful of Walla Walla Valley’s premiere wineries, as well as Ramey Wine Cellars in Healdsburg before joining the team at Williams Selyem in 2014.