Tom Gerrie is the Proprietor and Winegrower of Cristom Vineyards. Tom was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1983 and spent the first eight years of his childhood in western PA. In 1992, his parents founded Cristom Vineyards and moved the family west to the Willamette Valley. Through the generosity of his parents, Tom was fortunate to travel and learn about the culture of wine and food at a young age and learn about European winemaking methods and traditions. He spent summers as a child working for his parents tying and watering young vines in the newly established vineyards not yet understanding the true importance of what his parents established. After graduating from the University of Washington, Tom went on to work several harvests at a number of wineries that have inspired and influenced him, including: Bethel Heights Vineyard in the Willamette Valley, Domaine François Mikulski in Meursault in the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, France, Tappanappa Wines in the Adelaide Hills with Brian Croser and Medhurst Wines in the Yarra Valley, Australia. He then completed the winemaking and vineyard management programs at the Northwest Viticulture Center at Chemeketa Community College. Tom joined the Cristom Vineyards production team full time in 2007, was promoted to General Manager of the company in 2010 and became majority owner at the end of 2012. Now as Proprietor and Winegrower of Cristom, Tom is working hard to build on the foundation of the great winegrowing team his father assembled nearly 25 years ago, and inspire innovation to drive the company forward for the next generations.
Tom was married in 2012, and he and his wife have just welcomed their first child into the world and have named him Benjamin Paul. Together with their Labrador Retriever Winnie, they live in the suburbs of Portland. When not in the vineyard and cellar, Tom enjoys spending time with his family at the beach and fly fishing with his father. Tom has worked alongside Steve Doerner and Mark Feltz of Cristom for more than nine years learning to grow and craft the wines in the house style ensuring their legacy will be preserved for decades to come. He brings energy and enthusiasm for life and is passionate about the work he does at Cristom.