About Our People

While the vineyards do the heavy lifting, our people bring the wines and everything else to fruition. We are a small team, each wearing a few hats and dedicated to excellence. There are many facets to our business, and we enjoy them all so get to know who we are!

About Our People
About Our Wines
About the Vineyards

WINEMAKER / OWNER

Tyson Crowley

Tyson Crowley near barrels.
Tyson Crowley in a vineyard.

Hailing from upstate New York, Tyson’s interest in wine was first piqued by an impromptu weekend trip to the Fingerlakes. During this trip, he popped into a winery for a tasting and found himself as intrigued by the production process as the wines themselves. After graduating from Syracuse University with a degree in Operations Management, Tyson blazed a trail to the West Coast. Eager to work in the wine industry, he sent out resumes to a dozen or so wineries in the Willamette Valley. A few phone calls later Tyson landed a job as a cellar hand under winemaker Rob Stuart at Erath.

It was 1995 and Erath was one of the first Oregon wines to be distributed both nationally and internationally. While the work wasn’t glamorous (note: winemaking = cleaning), Tyson loved it. Harvests soon found him zipping around on a fork-lift taking extra care not to run over the eager young interns under his charge as cellar master. Over the course of seven vintages, Tyson absorbed the principles of producing wines under the conditions of Oregon’s unique terroir and set out for a different region.

Tyson arrived in New Zealand at Framingham in 2002 and and worked a Southern Hemisphere vintage. He then returned to Oregon to work double duty alongside his friends Doug Tunell at Brickhouse and Jim Prosser at J.K. Carriere. Tyson was inspired by Doug’s passion for expression and dedication to the land and Jim’s commitment to details and go it alone grit and took those lessons with him to a position at Archery Summit.

Eventually, Tyson landed with Cameron Winery where he worked alongside John Paul as the assistant winemaker for five years. At Cameron Tyson marked the seasons by the work; pruning and bottling in the winter, shoot thinning and labeling in the spring, leaf pulling in the summer and harvesting in the fall.

In 2005 Tyson made his first four barrels of Entre Nous Pinot Noir at Cameron. In 2006 he added two more barrels to his program. Finally in 2007, Tyson forged out on his own and moved Crowley Wines’ production to the August Cellars studio where he continues to make the wines today (85 barrels and counting).

PARTNER / OWNER + FUN GENERATOR

Evan Roberts

Evan waving from a truck.
Evan at a table talking about Crowley wine.

Evan Roberts joined Crowley Wines in 2008 and provides tireless support and enthusiasm for the wines we make and the Crowley brand. As a business partner his insight and guidance are critical to our development and his unique perspective and passion hold a special place within our company. Evan manages sales in the Oregon market. You can often catch him out on the town pouring Crowley with that infectious smile of his.

MARKETING & PRODUCTION

Melanie Cooper

Evan waving from a truck.
Evan at a table talking about Crowley wine.

Melanie fell in love with winemaking during her time working for Kunin Wines in Santa Barbara County. Born and raised in Northern California, she moved to Portland in 2019 to explore a new wine region and work her second vintage with Antica Terra where she was able to work with both Willamette Valley and Santa Barbara County fruit. Between vintages she furthered her knowledge of the wine trade through helping run a small wine shop and familiarizing herself with the Portland market. This is where she first encountered Crowley Wines and met Tyson. She started the 2020 vintage with Rhys Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains, followed by working harvest with Domaine Roy in the Willamette Valley. After experiencing an intimate tie between land and winemaking with Roy and their estate vineyard Iron Filbert, Melanie looked to join a small brand with an emphasis on expression of place and making soulful wine built for enjoyment. She finally landed with Crowley in the spring of 2021 just in time to help us roll out our new branding. Melanie can be found working in the cellar, hosting tastings, and delivering around town.