Ashley Cates

Ashley CatesAshley Cates
Marketing and Sales Manager

Ashley was born in the Sonoma wine region of California and grew up north of the Rhone Region of France in Germany. From a young age, it seems she was destine for wine work. After moving to Oregon in 2000, she assisted in the planting the family vineyard here in Eagle Point. After this, she knew she wanted to obtain skills, qualifications and experience in the worldly wine industry in order to bring that knowledge full circle back to the Oregon wine industry through Agate Ridge.

In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from University of Oregon and then traveled to the Hunter Wine Valley in Australia where she soaked up as much information and wine as possible.

In 2012, Ashley studied the wine culture and industry in the Ribera del Duero Region of Spain. While her husband was interning for Domino De Cair Winery in Aranda De Duero, she was able to gather incredible knowledge and experience about traditional wine making as well as diverse terrior and viticulture comprehension. After Spain, Ashley and her husband were hired by Constellation to work as cellar hands for Kim Crawford
Winery and Dryland’s Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand.

In 2013, Ashley came on board full time with Agate Ridge and was appointed our Marketing and Sales Manager. She is able to express her passion for wine and people through sales, events and customer relations.

Reason you love Oregon: Oregon has every known terrain in the world within its boarders, for this reason it is like a large playground for avid outdoor enthusiast!

Why do you think Oregon Wine as a whole is different than other regions? On an agriculture level, I think Oregon has a capacity for diversity that is unlike any other region. We have so many diverse micro climates and ancient soils that our capability of varietal production is virtually unlimited. On a personal level, I think Oregonians have a passion and pride for handcrafted artisan products. That passion extends to our wine industry where small boutique wineries are the majority rather than the minority.

Fun Fact about you: TWO FUN FACTS : I have been in 13 car accidents AND I have never eaten a candy bar in my whole life.

Favorite ARV Varietal and Vintage: Our 2010 Grenache has the most incredible mouthfeel. It is a dry wine, however, the first sip feels like a wave crashing on the beach. It splashes so wet on the front and pulls back dry on the back, like a wave receding into the ocean. After that awesome experience, you get flavors of violets, strawberry and graham cracker. What’s not to love?

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