Our Team

The People Behind Shea Vineyard

Dick & Deirdre Shea

Owners and Founders

Native New Yorkers Dick and Deirdre Shea first discovered Oregon wine from a recommendation made in their local wine shop in the late 1980’s.  They were instantly wowed and captivated by the quality of wine from this young winegrowing region.  Soon after, they made the decision to invest in a 100-acre piece of vineyard land in an untried area of the northern Willamette Valley, in what is now the Yamhill-Carlton AVA.  Their ambition was to grow grapes for some of the best winemakers in Oregon and beyond.  More than 30 years later, that continues to be their greatest passion.

Peter Shea

Peter grew up with the vineyard in his blood.  In fact, he was born the same month that planting began at Shea Vineyard.  Growing up, he spent summers helping with racking, cleaning barrels, and whatever else needed to be done around the winery.  He began full-time at the winery after college in 2012.  His favorite thing about the wine business and what drew him back is that no two days are ever the same, just like no two vintages are ever the same.  The ability to tell the story of this place in time through wine is what inspires him.  And of course, the special connection of having watched his family farm the site his entire life.

Jesus Marin

Vineyard Manager

Originally from Southern Mexico, Jesus, his father and brother began working for Shea in 1994.  Jesus started as a field worker, then tractor driver, and has been the Vineyard Manager at Shea since 2007.  His knowledge of the vineyard and leadership of his crew are exceptional.  Over his nearly 30 years working at Shea, his steadfast stewardship of the vines at Shea Vineyard have been an essential ingredient to the quality of fruit produced year after year.

Dana Booth

Winemaker

Dana has been in the wine business for over 22 years and was initially drawn to wine for the fun and physical nature of the work while being able to explore other regions of the world. Now he loves the creative aspect and constant challenge of winemaking. He first met the Shea’s working harvest for them in 2012 and came back for harvests in 2017 and 2018, joining full-time as winemaker in April of 2019. His favorite thing about working here is the natural beauty of the vineyard and the unique variety of wine that can be made from the site.

Dan Lerma

Direct to Consumer Sales and Tasting Room Manager

Hospitality has been the focus of Dan’s entire career for the last 25 years. 3 1/2 years ago he decided to take his skills to the wine industry. He loves talking about wine and is endlessly fascinated by the process and place. Dan’s enthusiasm for learning about and sharing with guests the uniqueness of the soil and site at Shea Vineyard and how it affects the wines is apparent to everyone who meets him.

Our Valuable Vineyard Team Make It Happen

We employ 14 workers on our dedicated vineyard crew under the supervision of Vineyard Manager Jesus Marin.  There are approximately 200,000 vines on Shea Vineyard, and each one needs something done to it by hand about 15 times per year.  The knowledge, skill and dedication of our crew, developed over years in our vineyard is a large reason our fruit is so highly regarded.  

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