At Gran Moraine, our majestic vineyard is our muse.

It steers our winegrowing team to express the vineyard’s unparalleled beauty through meticulous farming and fearless winemaking.

With perspectives forged from years spent in the world’s most famous wine regions, Shane, Myles, Ken, and Leti bring deep pedigree and diversity of thought to Gran Moraine. Viticultural expertise and winemaking knowledge are matched with unbridled passion and unwavering vision for what is possible at Gran Moraine.

Man with a pink shirt walking through a vineyard holding a wine bottle
Overhead shot of a person taking lab notes with wine blending beakers around the perimeter
Shane Moore holding a glass of white wine in a cellar


Shane Moore

Hailing from 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. His passion and curiosity prompted Shane to travel the world, gaining winemaking experience in Canada, Western Australia, Israel’s Golan Heights, and finally Sonoma County.

Shane was offered the chance to apply his skills and innate talent to the newly established Gran Moraine Winery in 2013, where his innovative and unique approach to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winemaking found a home in the Willamette Valley. In 2016, Shane was named Gran Moraine Winemaker.

"I guess I’ve always picked early; at least as perceived by American standards. In 2013, my first vintage in the Willamette, when I asked Ken to pick the first Pinot noir block of the harvest he asked me “Do you really think it’s ready?”
At that time I’d worked 13 harvests all around the world. He was the first vineyard manager to ever ask me that question.
Then with a couple more vintages working with the vineyard, and my first trip to Burgundy tasting in the cellars there, I gained the confidence that picking earlier at our Yamhill-Carlton site was how I was going to achieve the tension and energy that I was seeking from the Gran Moraine wines – rose, sparkling, and Chardonnay included.
So, everyone else might say I pick early.
I say they pick late.”


Myles Nelson

A southern California native, Myles grew up in the town of Palmdale, just north of Los Angeles. During his freshman year of college at Fresno State University, he stumbled upon grape growing and winemaking. He switched his major from Sociology and jumped with two feet into the world of winemaking. He graduated with a major in Enology and a minor in Chemistry.

After graduation, Myles spent time exploring the California winegrowing region - from a harvest intern at Benovia Winery to a Laboratory Technician at Merry Edwards, he spent two years gaining real-world winemaking experience. In 2016, Myles packed his bags and flew to Australia where he was a Vintage Winemaker at Lindeman's Karadoc Winery where he monitored fermentation and chemistry analysis. During vintage in Australia, he worked with a former laboratory intern at Gran Moraine who introduced him to Shane. Needless to say, the interview went very well. 

Myles joined the Gran Moraine team in 2016 as a laboratory intern and today is the Assistant Winemaker. He enjoys working with cool-climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. You will often find Myles picking the jams that are blasting throughout our open-air winery.  

Myles Nelson holding a glass of white wine in the cellar
Headshot of Erica Snyder in Gran Moraine's open air winery.

Erica Snyder

Eric Snyder grew up on a farm in Sandy, Oregon, where she became skilled in farmwork, being the oldest of 4 younger siblings.

Erica began working in the wine industry after being offered a harvest position by the assistant winemaker in 2016 after a tour of King Estate Winery. From that point on, she was hooked on the beauty of hard work and was drawn even further in by the chemistry. Erica quickly did a second harvest in Western Australia, down in Mt. Barker at West Cape Howe. Upon returning home to the United States, she worked for Jackson Family Wines McMinnville during the first harvest at the facility in 2017, followed by a couple of years at Anne Amie Vineyards, working in the cellar and tasting room. Erica joined Gran Moraine in 2020 while simultaneously returning to college at Chemeketa Community College. Erica completeted her Associate's Degree of Enology in 2022. 

In her free time, Erica likes to play with her giant puppy, play disc golf, and plan dinner parties, where she makes elaborate dishes and pairs them with her favorite wines.


Leti Catoira

A native of Mendoza, Argentina, Leti had an early interest in wine and agriculture which led her to obtain a bachelor of science in enology and viticulture from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in her hometown. After beginning her career in the wine industry of Argentina, she broadened her experience by working in California and New Zealand, ultimately arriving in Oregon to pursue her true passion: growing premium quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. She has been developing her winegrowing career in the Willamette Valley since 2010, working for Argyle, the Stoller Wine Group and joining Jackson Family Wines in 2014.

Beyond the scope of her work in the vineyards, Leti is very involved in the Oregon wine community where she teaches viticulture-related classes to Spanish speakers at Chemeketa Community College. She has also shown her commitment to sustainability, serving as LIVE’s technical committee chair for the Willamette Valley since 2017.

Leti Catoira in the vineyard
Shane and Myles holding wine glasses sitting on a plaid couch in the cellar