Julia Cattrall, Co-Winemaker
Julia’s work in viticulture began at the tender age of seven, pulling leaves in her family’s Cattrall Vineyard, earning minimum wage and a banana split for every bird nest she found from a father who was trying to creatively motivate the fifth generation of his family farm. Between riding horses and working in the vineyard, she made a few carboys of wine in the barn in high school, but didn’t think she’d pursue it, although the man buying those grapes, Ransom's own Tad Seestedt, suggested that she should consider it as a career.
She went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon with a vision of a life in academia, but the pull of the vines proved too much to resist, and she returned home to work her first wine harvest at Ransom in 2007. In the eleven years she’s been at Ransom since, she’s enjoyed honing her winemaking craft in the cellar, concocting vermouth, and wearing many other hats.
When she’s not working, Julia’s often exploring Oregon’s forests and rivers, playing with her giant dog, or throwing a dinner party at the home she and her sister built with their father on the family farm, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2017.
When asked to name her favorite Ransom spirit or wine, Julia remarked: "How do I pick a favorite child?"