Wines created by people working in harmony with nature
Introducing Team Troon
Denise and Bryan White - proprietors
“We didn’t find Troon, It found us,” says the new owners* of Troon Vineyard, Bryan and Denise White. Friends introduced the Whites to the Applegate Wine Trail in early 2017, “We were mesmerized by the raw beauty of the Valley and quickly began researching the property and discussing the possibilities. We were compelled by something external to do this.”
Dr. Bryan and Denise White married in 1996. They reside in Texas where they’ve raised four children. Their eldest, Amber, lives in Grants Pass, Oregon. Andrew is a junior at U.T.A. and the twins, Thomas and Jennifer are in high school. Now they will be dividing their time between Texas and Oregon.
Craig Camp - general manager
Craig Camp is a veteran ﬁne wine professional with more than three decades of experience in every facet of the industry including importing, exporting, distribution, marketing, sales, viticulture and ﬁne wine production. He has extensive hands-on experience in wineries in Italy, Napa Valley, the Willamette Valley and now the Applegate Valley.
Camp is an industry leader in the use of online marketing and Social Media. He has been recognized for his work by Food and Wine Magazine and Saveur Magazine. He is a past vice-president of the Board of Directors of the Rhone Rangers. He also served on the board of the Howell Mountain Vintners and Grower Association and Napa Valley Vintners Association Marketing and New Media committees and is past chairman of both. He is currently President of the Applegate Valley Vintners Association and serves on committees of the Oregon Wine Board and the Rogue Valley Vintners Association.
He came to the Applegate Valley to work in a region on the cutting edge of fine winemaking and is passionate about biodynamic winegrowing and winemaking in Oregon.
Nate Wall: winemaker
Nate Wall comes to Troon after almost a decade of making wine in the Willamette Valley, and several more years in Virginia. Nate found his calling making wine only after first getting a bachelors in molecular microbiology and a masters in environmental engineering. This grounding in science and sustainability lead him to embrace natural winemaking and biodynamic vineyard practices, and is what drew him in to joining Team Troon as winemaker.
Nate loves the sheer beauty of Southern Oregon, and is excited by the region's unique terroir and potential to craft distinct, memorable and honest wines with a true sense of place. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this vibrant wine industry as it continues to grow, and develops into what must soon be recognized as one of the world's preeminent wine regions.
Cary Willeford: assistant winemaker
Cary Willeford joins winemaker Nate Wall on our winemaking team. Cary comes to Troon after working at Littorai Wines, Rhys Vineyards and Quivira in California, Evesham Wood Winery in the Willamette Valley and Torbreck Vintners in Australia. He has a degree from the California Polytechnic State University in Wine and Viticulture.
Meg Ordaz - director of consumer sales
Meg found herself at home in the Carlton Troon Wine Bar over 5 years ago and has continued to grow her knowledge and passion for wine and hospitality. She loves hosting people from all walks of life and from all over the world in the Carlton Troon Vineyard Tasting Salon in the heart of the Willamette Valley. She also loves being able to spend time at the winery in the Applegate Valley at the winery continually learning and growing. Meg has been on the Board of Directors of the Carlton Business Association for the past several years, helping to introduce people to this destination in wine country. Bringing the hand-crafted wines of Troon Vineyard to the northern part of the state is a joy!
Nate Winters: national sales manager, certified sommelier
Nate recently was awarded the title of Certified Sommelier by England’s Court of Master Sommeliers. Before Nate found himself as Sales Manager and Sommelier, he developed his personal and relationship skills through various life experiences. Nate was born in the bay area of California and moved around a lot by the time he turned twenty-one. He was involved in a lot of team oriented sports and activities growing up, which led to an easy transition when the time came to join the military. As a U.S. Army Paratrooper he learned discipline along with attention to detail can make all the difference. With a new “work for the person next to you” mentality after the service, he’s translated that into a natural way of providing comfort for others. His last few years were spent managing the Troon Vineyard tasting room, in the cellar learning the production and winemaking, and now as Sales Manager. His new home being just a couple miles from Troon Vineyard provides a relaxing yet motivational environment that has definitely captured his attention!