Meet Harry Peterson-Nedry, the man behind Oregon’s Chehalem Winery.
Harry Peterson-Nedry is the founder, winemaker, and managing partner of Chehalem, one of Oregon’s premier wineries.
Harry initially applied degrees in Chemistry and English from the University of North Carolina to a career in high-tech manufacturing. His interest in wine began innocently enough as a hobby, but developed into a serious passion, deeply rooted when he planted his 55-acre Ridgecrest Vineyards in 1980. Ridgecrest was not only the first of Harry’s vineyards, but was also the first vineyard development in Oregon’s newly designated Ribbon Ridge AVA. Ultimately, what began as a hobby led to a radical change in career path.
In 1990, Harry founded Chehalem, and from there, his hands-on approach to winemaking blossomed. Within just five short years, he had expanded the winery’s estate holdings to include impressive partnerships in Corral Creek Vineyards (adjacent to the winery) and Stoller Vineyards in the southern Dundee Hills, developed by Chehalem partners, Bill and Cathy Stoller. For years, Harry’s Chehalem continued to grow, bringing unique new flavors to Oregon and beyond.
Harry’s interest in the wine industry extends far beyond the wines of Chehalem. He has been appointed to and is now serving a second term on the Oregon Wine Board by Governor Kulongoski and serves on the board of WineAmerica (formerly the American Vintners Association), the national trade association for America’s wineries. He has also represented the great state of Oregon at the International Pinot Gris Symposium in Germany, and has worked to establish Oregon Pinot Camp, ORCA (The Oregon Chardonnay Alliance), Willamette Valley AVAs (authoring the Ribbon Ridge Petition) and to raise Riesling awareness. His passionate reach continues to extend into family, environmental conservation, and the arts.