In 2002, A to Z Wineworks was started by Oregon wine industry veterans: Deb Hatcher (Eyrie), Bill Hatcher (Domaine Drouhin Oregon), Sam Tannahill (Archery Summit) and Cheryl Francis (Chehalem). The inaugural blend was honored by Food & Wine magazine as the Best American Pinot Noir under $20 and accolades have never slowed. The group committed to offering the highest quality wines for the greatest sustainable value as well as building a company that combined commerce with conscience.
In 2006, the group welcomed another Oregon wine veteran, Michael Davies, as winemaker, and partnered with Gregg Popovich (Coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs) to buy REX HILL Vineyards and Winery (established in 1982). A to Z has more collective Oregon winemaking experience than any other winery, experience that can make a difference in difficult vintages to stay true to the Essence of Oregon®.
A to Z Oregon Pinot Noir has twice been named to Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of the year; A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris is a perennial Best Buy; and A to Z Oregon Chardonnay has been America’s best-selling Oregon Chardonnay since 2005. Rosé, Rosé Bubbles, Riesling and a small selection of the best of the vintage, The Essence of Oregon Pinot Noir, round out the portfolio.
In May 2014, A to Z Wineworks certified as a B Corp achieving Best for the World B Corp status every subsequent year based on the rigorous assessment of a company’s environmental, social and economic practices. In 2021, the company became the first Oregon winery to join International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) committing to work on decarbonizing the industry.
In September 2022, ownership of A to Z Wineworks transitioned to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (SMWE). Together with Ste. Michelle’s Erath Winery, the acquisition makes SMWE the leading producer of Oregon Pinot Noir. Amy Prosenjak, formerly A to Z’s President and CEO, became SMWE’s President of Oregon Brands, overseeing the combined operations of the three brands: A to Z, REX HILL, and Erath with founders, Deb Hatcher, Cheryl Francis, and Sam Tannahill joining Ste. Michelle as consultants.
Behind the Wine
We Are A to Z!
We have a team of unique and talented characters with each person important in making A to Z what it is.