Sam Tannahill, Cheryl Francis, Deb Hatcher, Bill Hatcher
BILL HATCHER: Founder, Chairman
A poet, Bill discovered an equal taste for food early on and after getting an MBA, embarked on a corporate career in Financial and Strategic planning. Ten years later, tired of five billion dollar corporations, he and his wife, Deb, abruptly moved to Oregon and jumped feet first into wine. Bill consulted through 1987 when the Drouhin family acquired their first property in Oregon. Subsequently, he was engaged to build and develop Domaine Drouhin, remaining there until 2001. Soon thereafter, he founded A to Z with Deb and partners Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis as well as handcrafting a tiny production of his own William Hatcher wine. Read Bill's CEO Blog
DEB HATCHER: Founder, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
Since founding A to Z Wineworks in her kitchen in 2002, Deb Hatcher has been the soul of the brand. Deb's sense of wonder and humor bring playfulness to A to Z but her expectation of excellence is most influential. From hand-selling and delivering A to Z's early wines to overseeing marketing and sales as A to Z grew to be Oregon's largest winery, Deb built and maintains the brand integrity. With A to Z's purchase of REX HILL in 2007, she engineered a turn-around to reduce production to reclaim top quality and refine the brand as evident in the premier REX HILL line-up of today.
SAM TANNAHILL: Founder, Wine Grower
Sam worked in wineries and vineyards in Burgundy while earning a post-graduate degree in winemaking from the University de Dijon. He worked with Ted Lemon at Littorai before serving as Winemaker at Archery Summit for seven years. In 2002, he joined Deb & Bill Hatcher with wife, Cheryl Francis, to launch A to Z Wineworks. A to Z quickly became Oregon's fastest growing winery and in 2007 purchased the legacy winery, REX HILL. A to Z has worked with over 100 vineyards in Oregon and has more winemaking experience than any other winery. All owned and long leased vineyards are farmed to Biodynamic tenets. Sam served as president of the Oregon Wine Board and Oregon Winegrower's Association and currently serves on the board of the Oregon Wine Research Institute, the Willamette Valley Wineries Association and the Oregon Business Association.
CHERYL FRANCIS: Founder, Winemaker
Cheryl Francis studied Enology in France after completing a Biology degree at Lewis & Clark College. She worked three harvests in New Zealand before returning to Oregon to make wine for Chehalem for eight years. In 2002, she joined Deb Hatcher, Bill Hatcher and Sam Tannahill to launch A to Z Wineworks. The group bought one of Oregon's legacy wineries, REX HILL, in 2007 refining that brand for the highest quality. Cheryl oversaw an infrastructure expansion on the property completed in 2016 that added 46,000 square feet of capacity for A to Z.