Elwin Stewart proudly displaying some of the 2013 harvest.

Elwin Stewart proudly displaying some of the 2013 harvest.

Elwin Stewart

Owner/Manager/Winemaker

Elwin Stewart was raised on a ranch in central Washington State where he developed his strong and enduring work ethic and gained a deep love and respect for working with horses and livestock.  His long-term interest in growing grapes developed from his early years when he worked summers in Southern California picking potatoes and table grapes.

Elwin’s extraordinary resume is rich and diverse.  From his years spent in Viet Nam, Elwin has this to say:
“Viet Nam happened to many of our nation's youth and I was not spared.  Much of my time was spent learning mathematics and electronics and aboard the USS Ingersoll DD652.  Being on board that ship was one of the defining experiences of my life.   In the end, I am as fond of the smell of salt water as I am sage brush on a warm sunny day in spring.  The four plus years I committed to the US Navy forever changed how I viewed the world.  The experience left me restless and full of curiosity which for me has been a priceless, lifelong gift.”

After Viet Nam, Elwin attended Eastern Washington State University, where he received a BA in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry.  Elwin’s early, informal wine-making education began as a graduate school student at Oregon State University, where he earned a PhD. degree in Mycology.  Elwin’s journey continued through research and teaching at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul where he learned science and taught mycology.   In XXXX(year?), Elwin moved to State College to assume a position in the Department of Plant Pathology.  At Penn State, Elwin was able to begin his career as a wine grape pathologist, learning about grape diseases and how to manage them focusing on grapevine trunk diseases.  Following his passion, Elwin continued a course of self- directed enology education for many years learning what he could from friends, winemakers, and through a correspondence course offered by the University of California at Davis. 

In the spring of 1999, Elwin and Barb (with the help of Barb’s parents and many friends) began their first grape planting at what would eventually become Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery.   (Click here to read more about the history of Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery.)

What motivates Elwin?  In Elwin’s own words:  “What makes me feel fulfilled is showing respect and care for my wife, the people who work at HVVW, my friends (near & far away), the horse and  mule, and  our dog Harley.    I care deeply for customers who respect what we stand for, and for those who demonstrate the same pride in our property as we do.”


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Cody washing tanks after cold stabilizing wine.

Cody washing tanks after cold stabilizing wine.

Cody Edling

Assistant Winemaker

Cody Edling was born and raised in North Wales, PA Montgomery County, and graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a BS in Horticulture production.

After a class trip in 2009 to Happy Valley Vineyard, Cody became a volunteer in the vineyard and assisted with the 2010 harvest, processing and winemaking.  Cody began working fulltime for Happy Valley Vineyard with the 2011 harvest.

Although Cody came to Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery with no previous wine-making experience, he possessed an extensive science background and a passion/hobby of home brewing beer.  This background facilitated Cody’s understanding of the concept of fermentation as well as the fundamental steps from start to finish of a fermented beverage. Now, with over three years of winemaking under his belt, Cody can claim that he has experience, knowledge and confidence.

Cody’s passion for the business shows, and he loves experimenting with new ideas and small batches to create wines that our customers will enjoy. Examples of two of Cody’s experiments would be our Autumn Wood and Ruby Throat Rosé.

And in Cody’s own words:  “I am very excited for future vintages of Happy Valley wines, as we create our own unique style of locally grown and meticulously cared for wines.”


Bob hard at work pruning in the vineyard.

Bob hard at work pruning in the vineyard.

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Best greeter ever!  

Best greeter ever!

 

Harley

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