Trathen Hall Wines was founded by Blair Trathen and Arabella Hall. Blair hails from the South Island of New Zealand, and Arabella grew up on the even smaller island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., where the two first met. With post graduate diplomas in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University in New Zealand, they embarked on a decade long winemaking odyssey working in vineyards and making wine around the globe, namely New Zealand, Western Australia, South Africa, New York and Oregon. The majority of their experience had been in the Central Otago region of New Zealand, but in 2008 they were lured back to the Willamette Valley. It is in Oregon with the generous support of family and the wine making community that Trathen Hall Wines has come to fruition.
Blair has a B.Sc. in soil science and climatology from the University of Otago as well as a diploma in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University in Canterbury. His Oregon resume includes Shea Wine Cellars, Rex Hill, Hamacher, Archery Summit and Beaux Freres.
Arabella holds a M.A in Archaeology together with her winemaking diploma from Lincoln, which she now finds useful in helping her juggle winemaking and motherhood as the two often overlap. She has worked in the Willamette Valley for Scott Paul, Raptor Ridge, Redman, Archery Summit and Beaux Freres.
Arabella Hall, photo courtesy of Kelley Fox