Pfeiffer Winery Team
ROBIN PFEIFFER | Owner & Winemaker
Robin grew up on the land that is now Pfeiffer Vineyards & Winery. His family raised sheep and chickens for 30 years and lived in a small Quonset house where the winery parking lot is now. He acquired 2 Master Degrees, in Foreign Language Studies and Counseling. He lived in Peru, Mexico and Chile and taught at the University of San Marcos in Lima. He was also a Spanish teacher for 33 years. Robin is one of the early pioneers in the state wine industry having planted his 70-acre vineyard on the south facing slope of the property in 1984. He also planted a sustainable, award-winning forest on the north-facing slope.
DANUTA PFEIFFER | Owner & Winemaker
Danuta was a ski instructor, swim instructor, scuba diver, sky diver, and a long distance bicycle rider. Her first book, Watersafe Your Baby in One Week, was the first definitive book on teaching water survival to infants. Graduating from the University of Colorado, and through various high-profile TV and radio jobs in San Diego, she became the co-host on the international television show, The 700 Club with Pat Robertson. Disillusioned, she retreated to her progressive roots, wrote an award-winning book, Chiseled, and now makes wine, loves and laughs with Robin, the love of her life.
BILL KREMER |
Bill has been working in the Oregon wine industry since 1995 and began working as Pfeiffer Winery’s consulting winemaker in 2008. He has a Masters Degree in Enology from UC Davis, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Microbiology from the University of Washington. Bill was born in South Dakota, and worked as a Medical Technologist after undergraduate college, but was drawn to live on the west coast. He guides the wines (and the Pfeiffer’s) through the process from “vine-to-wine”.
JUSTIS SITOWSKI |
Assistant Winemaker |
Justis was born and raised in Eugene/Springfield and has deep roots here. He spent 5 years in the Marine Corp before 10 in retail. In a twist of fate in January 2014, he discovered two new loves. Wine, and the woman who introduced him to it. Now deeply ensconced in both, he is the Assistant Winemaker and husband to Vanessa, the General Manager of Pfeiffer Winery. Though his wife, children and grapes take first, he also enjoys Sci-Fi, bowling, and the occasional philosophical conversation.
VANESSA SITOWSKI |
General Manager |
Vanessa was born and raised in Hawaii until she was ten years old. She also lived in Alaska for eight years. Vanessa is the youngest sibling of six, and has a twin brother! She has one beautiful daughter, three amazing step-children, and two lovable Chihuahua-mix fur-babies, Romeo and Juliette. She joined the Pfeiffer team in 2013 as a tasting room associate (didn’t know much about wine, except that she really enjoyed drinking it!). and is now the General Manager and Wine Club Manager.
BRIANNE RICKETTS |
Assistant Manager & Events Manager |
Brianne was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon to a family of wine lovers. Her own love of wine was born out of the Spanish countryside; on a wine tasting excursion when she was 19 and studying abroad in Barcelona. At 21, she began working as a Tasting Room Associate for Pfeiffer Winery. She now manages events, assists Vanessa with managerial duties, and will pull on her boots to jump in the field and harvest or the winery to bottle wine!
PAUL RYLKO |
Landscape Artist |
Paul is Danuta’s son. Paul has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into making Pfeiffer Winery’s Water Garden as beautiful as it can be! Next time you visit, if you see Paul out there watering the hundreds of plants and trees, be sure to say hi! Paul loves to go on outdoor adventures with his new wife, Isabel, and the Pfeiffer Winery pups, Paco & Bumper.
ISABEL RYLKO |
Social Media Director |
Isabel was born in Mexico, grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and is bilingual. She is the Social Media Director here at Pfeiffer Winery, so when you see all those posts on Facebook and Instagram, that is her niche! When she is enjoying time off, she loves being outdoors hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and being adventurous with her husband, Paul.
ROGER WATSON |
Tasting Room Specialist |
Roger was a hang gliding instructor, then a Home & Garden Show manager, a waiter, and then he joined the Pfeiffer team in 2015. His passions are hiking in the mountains trying to find new waterfalls, Pinot Noir, cats, board games, politics and stimulating conversation. Be sure to get the “Roger Show” if he is your Tasting Room Associate!
JARED PAINTER |
Tasting Room Specialist & Cellar Master |
Jared has always considered the Pacific Northwest home. He married his wife, Cassandra, in 2014. An avid outdoorsman with a love and respect for nature. Jared reads a lot of books and was accepted into The Southern Oregon Wine Institute’s Enology Program. Jared joined the Pfeiffer team in March 2019.
JACI BRILLON |
Tasting Room Specialist |
Jaci joined the Pfeiffer team in March 2019. She moved to the west coast from Vermont in the fall of 2015. Jaci, her husband Shawn, and their 3 fur-babies have called Oregon home for the last year and a half. When she is not working at Pfeiffer, she loves to be outside kayaking, hiking, fishing, gardening and taking amazing pictures of her clients and landscapes.
ASHLEY BRACK |
Tasting Room Specialist |
This Texas native brings southern charm to your tasting experience. Her love of wine began 20 years ago on a wine cruise up the Napa River. Her favorites include Barbera, Sangiovese and Oregon Pinot Noir. She is an outdoor enthusiast as the only girl in a household of five and can keep up with all of them camping, sand boarding or playing soccer. She’s been around Pfeiffer since 2011 as a member and says working here is magical.
PACO & BUMPER | Winery Dogs |
Paco: AKA Fat Face (left);
Obsession: Being close to Danuta;
Naughtiest Deed: Sneaking out with the vineyard workers’ lunch bags;
Favorite Food: Ham bones warmed in the microwave;
Pet Peeve: Being left out of anything.
Bumper: AKA The Bump (right);
Favorite Toy: Old vines to chew on;
Pet Peeves: The ding of the dishwashing cycle and the thunder of passing airplanes;
Naughtiest Deed: Opening the sliding glass door to the winery’s pavilion to check out the dining tables.