Extraordinary people are often found in special places. Such is the case with Shane Moore, Eugenia Keegan and Ken Kupperman. With perspective that comes from years spent in the world’s most famous wine regions, the management team of Shane, Eugenia and Ken bring international renown to the Willamette Valley. Their viticultural expertise and winemaking knowledge are matched with unbridled passion that help make Gran Moraine such a memorable place.
A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Shane had an early interest in wine and agriculture which led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Enology and Viticulture from Washington State University. Throughout his college years Shane worked in various winery cellars and upon graduation he decided to take his passion abroad. Shane spent three years gaining international winemaking experience in Canada, Western Australia and Israel’s Golan Heights. Shane met his wife while working in Australia’s Margaret River and in 2011 the pair made their way to her native Sonoma County. At that time, Shane joined the Jackson Family Wines winemaking team as an enologist, where he focused on cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the best vineyard sites in California.
Shane’s skill and passion was evident, and in 2013 he was offered the opportunity to move to Willamette Valley to build the winemaking program for the newly-established Gran Moraine winery. Since relocating and assuming his new role, Shane has worked hand-in-hand with General Manager Eugenia Keegan and Vineyard Director Ken Kupperman in both the winery and vineyard. Shane was named Winemaker at Gran Moraine in 2016.
Eugenia has held many top positions during her 38 years in the wine business. She began her career with Joseph Swan Vineyards as a cellar/vineyard worker in 1976. That experience led her to numerous opportunities, including cellar intern positions in Burgundy at the prestigious producers Pousse d’Or in Volnay and Etienne Sauzet in Puligny-Montrachet. Most significantly, she took the position of business manager at Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa, California, in 1982, during the early days of the winery’s start-up and later was promoted to president and CEO. In January of 1996, she accepted the position of president at Vine Cliff Winery, also in Napa.
Eugenia’s travels took her to Oregon in 2003, where she ventured into the world of wine distribution as the founder and co-owner of Tsarina Wines, a small fine-wine-only distributor based in Portland. In 2006 Tsarina merged with the Henry Wine Group of Oregon, and Eugenia continued as co-owner and president until 2009, when the company was sold. All through the years, she has been an industry consultant and has owned her own wine brand (Keegan Cellars in the Russian River Valley and now in the Roussillon, France). Just recently, she was the acting general manager of The Four Graces in Dundee, Oregon, prior to joining Gran Moraine as General Manager in April of 2014.
Ken Kupperman joined Jackson Family Wines Oregon team as Director of Vineyard Operations in December of 2013. He made the move to the Willamette Valley in 2007 to farm the Oregon properties developed by Premier Pacific Vineyards, some which are now owned by the Jackson Family. Before venturing to Oregon, Ken was Director of Viticulture for Wente Family Estates overseeing 3,000 acres of Vineyards in the Livermore Valley, Arroyo Seco, Monterey and Napa Valley appellations. Earlier in his farming career, he worked for AgriNorthwest in Eastern Washington where he developed and brought into production 1,600 acres of apple orchards. He started his career studying drip irrigation in Israel where he gained hands on experience in the production of apples, pears and kiwifruit.
Ken’s hometown is Kansas City. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and the University of Arkansas with a Master’s of Science in Horticulture.