Alton is a small winery in Walla Walla, WA started by Joe and Ashley Woodworth. When curating the team for Alton, there were two important criteria. First, they had to be someone you’d enjoy having a glass of wine and hanging out with. Second, they had to have as much passion as we do for hosting and entertaining. Done and done. We can’t wait for you to meet them.
Farm kid gone winemaker, for real. But not before a 17 year retail career (and a timely trip to Argentina) made him realize there was more life out there. We give him the dirty jobs and the toughest problems and watch him solve it all without breaking a sweat. Always one to love a new challenge, Joe has spent the last two years learning to make wine at the Walla Walla CC Enology & Viticulture program and in the cellar at Dusted Valley. He’s the heart of our winemaking team and the engine behind our business-minded approach to Alton. When he’s not making wine, out in the vineyards, or hosting tastings, you can catch him smoking all sorts of meats on his Big Green Egg or on the golf course hitting bombs and draining birdie putts.
Did you think the tasting room decorated itself? Ashley cut her teeth in the fashion world at Mercer & Co., a small West Coast clothing boutique, before a 10 year (and counting) career at Nordstrom. Her love of Chardonnay and travel (especially when they are paired together) has been an inspiration behind our vision for Alton. Ashley is our expert in creating the right vibe, whether it’s our customer facing brand image, photography, music, or color palettes. Her downtime is spent with Hari (@winerydawg) most likely planning her next trip or dinner party, or with Joe on the golf course.
Eva is a recent graduate of the WW Community College enology and viticulture program. Growing up in Willamette Valley and being in a family that also loved wine sparked her interest and eventual path to Walla Walla, where her career is just getting started. Whether it’s getting outside to hike and mountain bike or playing music and baking, Eva has a natural curiosity to match her many talents and we’re lucky to have as part of our team.
Shawn in a few words, life of the party. In the last few years Shawn has developed a keen interest in wine and learned that getting into wine is a gateway drug for getting more into wine. He brings a consumer perspective and unmatched energy to the tasting room experience. When he’s not in Walla Walla he lives in Kirkland, WA where he’s got a killer garden and day job. He too is an avid golfer and loves to try a new recipe or hit up a new city to explore.