Our Team

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Matt is the winemaker at the Great Oregon Wine Company.

He grew up in Oregon, surrounded by wine culture from a very early age, and possess an innate appreciation for craft that drives him every day. Here, labels and fancy tasting rooms don’t matter as much as sensory perception and integrity, the cornerstones of the Great Oregon Wine Company.

We don’t cut corners. In fact, we go out of our way—sometimes a long way—to get things done right. Which is pretty impressive considering we consistently over-deliver against our competition at every price point. It’s an effort we’re willing to put in, because we simply wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Matt Chechovic

Matt Chechovic

Born and raised in Indiana, Matt graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Biology before moving to Colorado, where he worked at a small wine shop. It was there that he discovered his true calling, and a particular love for Oregon Pinot Noir. A trip to the Willamette Valley further solidified this obsession, steering him down a new career path—Matt moved to Oregon in 2005 and completed a winemaking degree at the Northwest Viticulture Center.

Matt has been making wine in the Willamette Valley for the last decade. He started working at the Great Oregon Wine Company in 2005 with a harvest internship that grew into a cellar job until he was named Head Winemaker in 2011. Over the past 10 years Matt has helped direct the growth of the winery from 5,000 to 50,000+ cases. Matt loves being able to blend science and art to transform each vintage into something unique and enjoyable for the customers. He currently lives in McMinnville and enjoys skiing, fly-fishing, and exploring the beauty of Oregon in his spare time.

Brett Zimmerman

Brett Zimmerman

Born and raised in Colorado, Brett Zimmerman has spent over sixteen years as a sommelier at world-renowned restaurants, including Chicago’s Charlie Trotter’s, San Francisco’s Aqua, and Boulder’s Mateo. Now our Master Sommelier, he approves every cuvee we produce to guarantee its of the very highest quality possible. One of only 230 people worldwide to have earned the Master Sommelier distinction, he currently combines his knowledge of fine wine and passion for customer service at the Boulder Wine Merchant, where his clients enjoy a combination of unparalleled experience and a delicious selection of some of the world’s best wine. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and sons.

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