Alexana Adds New Winemaker

Alexana Winery, Dr. Madaiah Revana’s estate vineyard  and winery tucked along the western edge of the famed Dundee Hills, is excited to announce  the addition of one of the Willamette Valley’s most well-respected winemakers, Tresider Burns. 

“I feel blessed to have Tresider joining our team and carrying on the legacy of talented and dedicated winemakers who have developed this unique piece of land at Alexana into one of the great Pinot Noir Vineyards in the world in less than 20 years”, said Dr. Madaiah Revana, founder/owner of Alexana.

Burns brings expansive knowledge and experience from throughout the Willamette Valley (White Rose Estate, Brittan Vineyards, Lemelson) to the highly-acclaimed ‘Revana Vineyard’ at Alexana. Burns has spent the past three vintages leading winemaking and operations for White Rose Estate, an ultra-boutique winery just on the other side of the hill.

Prior to taking the helm at White Rose Estate, Burns worked alongside winemaking icon Robert Brittan as the associate winemaker for Brittan Vineyards, working with over 20 top vineyard sites in the Willamette Valley.

“Tresider’s commitment to creating wines of the highest quality and the continual improvement of process through thoughtful experimentation and collaboration is the perfect fit for Alexana—a winery with a reputation for producing wines with intention,” said Brittan.

Burns will be joining the Alexana team at an exciting time, as Dr. Revana has recently purchased neighboring ‘Kinney Ranch’ and has begun developing a 45-acre vineyard, nearly contiguous to the Revana Vineyard at Alexana.

Tresider Burns will be taking over one of the top Pinot Noir programs in the Valley from current winemaker, Bryan Weil.

Dr. Revana also shared that the transition for current winemaker Bryan Weil is something he’s excited about, “Bryan has been offered an incredible opportunity to become a partner in developing a new winery nearby. I’m so proud of the winemaker he has become and the opportunity he has earned.”

“Bryan cares deeply for our team, we are fortunate to have him agree to continue working closely with Tresider and the team for the next year as consulting winemaker, a testament to our partnership and his dedication,” noted Dr. Revana.

“Bryan had a big job when he joined in 2012, following in the footsteps of Alexana’s legendary founding winemaker, Lynn Penner-Ash. We had just received #17 in Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 Wines of World with the 2010 vintage of our Estate Pinot Noir. Bryan really stepped up and helped produce incredible wines over the past 10 years {highlighted with the 2018 Alexana Revana Vineyard’ Estate Pinot Noir earning Top-Ranked Pinot Noir in 2021 Wine Spectator’s TOP 100 Wines of World}.

“Finding the right person to take over at Alexana is very important to me, the team, our wine club members, and the wine community. After getting to know Tresider, we know we’ve added someone special to our team who can continue to elevate the decades of work from everyone at Alexana,” stated Dr. Revana.

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