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Scott Shull
Founder, Winegrower, Director of National Distribution

Since 1989, Scott Shull has been making Oregon wines—first as an independent producer, and since 1995 as a commercial winemaker at Raptor Ridge Winery. Scott strives to craft wines that are interesting to the palate and to the mind—wines of complexity, finesse and place. Born in Kentucky and raised in Des Peres, Missouri, Scott is a self-taught winemaker, having learned by doing, reading, and attending extension service courses on viticulture and enology offered by U.C. Davis, Oregon State University, and Chemeketa Community College, and by participating in the Willamette Valley’s Westside Winemakers Club for a number of years. Previously, Scott has served as a board member of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s Brand Oregon campaign; was a founding director of the Oregon Wine Board; and is president emeritus of Oregon Pinot Camp and the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association.

   

Annie Shull
Proprietor, Chief Operations Officer

Annie joined Scott as his life partner in 1998 and as his business partner in 2001. This Minnesota native is very active throughout the Oregon wine industry. Her background in curriculum development for sales teams segued into a 15-year role of distribution sales management and PR. The bulk of her time is now spent managing processes and operations at the winery. Annie is president emeritus of Oregon Pinot Camp, and served as a director for nine years, contributing to review and revision of curriculum. Annie also served on the iSalud! steering committee, and currently co-chairs the Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion Taskforce for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. When she’s not working, Annie enjoys practicing yoga, teaching medtation, and trying to keep up with Scott and a bouncy Labrador Retriever.

   

Shannon Gustafson
Winemaker

Shannon holds a degree in Food Science/Winery Production from California State Fresno (Cum Laude) and has been on “the wine route” since graduating in 2003.  She also minored in French Language and Chemistry. Shannon has made wine on 3 continents (France, Australia, North America), including a 10-year stint on California’s Central Coast working for small family wineries like ours.  Most recently, Shannon was winemaker for Hawks View winery in Sherwood, OR before joining us as Assistant Winemaker in 2017. Shannon quickly rose to the challenge of taking on leadership of cellar operations, earning the title of Raptor Ridge Winemaker in three short months, the first to hold that title other than Scott Shull since our founding in 1995. One of our dear friends was a lab-mate and cohort of Shannon’s as they progressed through school at Cal State and warned us that, “Shannon is wicked smart!” He was right. In her downtime, Shannon enjoys hikes and exploring outdoors along with her energetic companion dog - Abby.

   

Caroline Justice

Manager of Membership of Events

Caroline joined Raptor Ridge as our first Hospitality Intern in the summer of 2019. Her creativity and can-do attitude quickly won the hearts of the whole team and we could not let her depart at the end of her internship. Instead we enticed her to remain on and lead the charge into a more robust events program catering specifically to our dedicated wine club members, and focusing on the future of our corporate events. Caroline first crossed our path at Auburn University in Alabama, where she graduated from the Hospitality and Business Administration school. As a returning Alumni, Caroline imparts her enthusiasm for all things Willamette Valley and hopefully keeps the pipeline of Auburn interns coming for future seasonal staffing here at Raptor Ridge and throughout the valley. 

 

Ileana Higashiyama

Tasting Room Lead

Ileana joined us when Portland beaconed to her from the wilds of Iowa, where she was a cheesemonger and server at one of our favorite home-away-from-home wine bars, Brix in Iowa City. A native of California, she had always planned to make it back to the West Coast, and well, we were lucky enough to be on that pilgramage. Currently, Ileana is attending school at Portland Community College where she is earning an undergraduate degree in Social Work, but the wine world still speaks to her. Ileana graces our tasting room with her cheese and wines of the world knowledge and enthusiasm, dreaming up our cheese and charcuterie offerings, as well as heading up our currated flights, educational vineyard tours and Estate packages when we can entice her away from her studies.