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Catch up with Katie

Chateau Ste. Michelle's Katie Nelson, VP of winemaking, shares how she started and some of her favorite wines she makes.


Katie Nelson in the vineyard

The Women Behind The Wines

Throughout the month, learn more about the strong and smart women of Chateau Ste. Michelle. This week, learn who and what has inspired them most in their lives.
Katie Nelson


VP OF Winemaking

"Author Ina Garten inspires me because she is an amazing chef who brings joy to so many people and I aspire to do that as a winemaker. She makes entertaining simple, relaxed and beautiful."


Lacey Steffey


Asstistant Winemaker

“My mom. She always encouraged me to look at the world through the lens of curiosity…which naturally lends itself to exploration, and endless learning. She managed somehow, as a mother, to walk the fine line of gently guiding & teaching all of her daughters; while also letting us find our own paths in life.”

Tracey Keller



“There are many influential women in my life, but the standout is my mom. She has been there for me through thick and thin. She has taught me time and time again, through words of encouragement and leading by her own example, to pick myself up and keep going even if it’s hard. All the while, she still has lots of fun and laughter is plentiful. I try to emulate that.”

Holly Wells



“A female that inspires me is someone I currently work with. Leah Adint, Winemaker at Erath, has been an example of leadership, innovation, curiosity and inspiration. She leads by example, thinks of new ways to innovate, is curious by continuous research and exploration and inspires me to think outside the box. She is a strong force in this industry, and I have learned new ways of winemaking from her.”


Kaylee Bannister


Culinary Lead

“In my life, I have been blessed to be surrounded by strong, impactful and successful women who’s influences still resonate with me today. As the youngest of 6 children, my mother instilled a strong work ethic in all of us at a young age and taught us to work cohesively. My passion for the culinary arts was inspired by my former mentor Janet Hedstrom. She would fill these walls with life, spirit and world class cuisines. Without her influence we would not be the culinary queens we are today.”

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