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 and said “Let’s make wine together”. In 1999 they completed their Post Graduate Diplomas in Viticulture and Enology from Lincoln University in New Zealand, and then 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. Having been bit by the Pinot Noir bug early in their winemaking careers they eventually settled in the Willamette Valley and in 2009 established Trathen Hall Wines focusing on small lot vinification of single vineyard Pinot Noirs.


Arabella Hall, photo courtesy of Kelley Fox
ARABELLA HALL ~Owner and Winemaker
Arabella has a M.A. in Art and Archaeology from the University of London which together with her Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Enology from Lincoln University in Canterbury she finds useful to help juggle winemaking and motherhood. With over 20 vintages under her belt, Arabella’s New Zealand resume includes Neudorf Vineyards, Gibbston Valley Wines and Valli Vineyards, while in the Willamette Valley she has worked for Archery Summit, Beaux Freres, Raptor Ridge, Redman, and most recently from 2010-2015 for Scott Paul Wines. She now focuses solely on Trathen Hall Wines.
 

Blair Trathen
BLAIR TRATHEN ~Owner and Winemaker
Blair has a B.Sc. in Soil Science and Climatology from the University of Otago as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Enology from Lincoln University in Canterbury. His Oregon resume includes Archery Summit, Beaux Freres and Hamacher Wines. Blair was the Assistant Winemaker for A to Z/ Rex Hill from 2009-2012. Since 2012 he has been the winemaker for Shea Wine Cellars.