Meet The Staff

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Matthew Rawn
Winemaker, Director of Sales and Marketing
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Matthew Rawn has been winemaker for Two Mountain Winery since its inception. He helped plant the estate vineyard with his uncle Ron Schmidt in 2000 and has produced Two Mountain’s wines since the first vintage in 2002. While the vineyard was developing, Matt honed his winemaking skills by working alongside neighboring Yakima Valley wine producers and learning their craft. Read Matthew's full bio

A passionate advocate for the Washington wine industry, Matt manages sales and marketing for the winery and enjoys talking with wine retailers and restaurateurs about the state’s world-class wines.  Matt graduated in agricultural business from Montana State University in Bozeman and has completed courses at the enology and viticulture, at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Washington.
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Patrick Rawn
General Manager, Vineyard Operations
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Patrick Rawn manages finances and daily operations for Two Mountain Winery and Copeland Vineyard and shares vineyard management duties with his brother, Matt. After completing college, Patrick traveled the globe and spent extensive time in Europe.  Read Patrick's full bio

 He returned to the U.S. with plans to enter law school, but a six-month stint working for the family wine business took his career path in a new direction. Patrick’s passion for wine blossomed at Two Mountain Winery and quickly grew into a full-fledged love affair. Patrick truly believes in the potential of the Yakima Valley and Washington State as whole, serving as a Yakima County Planning Commissioner, a member of the Yakima County Wine Tourism Consortium as well as a sitting on the board for the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a focus in economics/international finance from the University of Washington in Seattle.

 

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Eliceo Gil
Foreman
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Eliceo manages the vineyard crew. He has been running the Two Mountain vineyard crew since 2009. Eliceo is a level three graduate of the Latino Viticultural Education program at Yakima Valley College. In addition to running our crew, Eliceo also serves as pastor at the Monte de Sion church in Sunnyside and father to three very busy and awesome children.

 

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Efren Licea
Lead Equipment Operator
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Efren has been working with our family since 1978 when he started picking cherries with our grandfather and uncle. After over 20 years, Efren went on to work and manage 500 acres of orchard for one of the largest tree fruit operations in Washington. In 2002, he returned to Two Mountain. Efren oversees all equipment operation and maintenance in the vineyard. Read Efren’s full bio

In addition to managing our equipment operations, he has his own 16 acre Bartlett pear orchard in Yakima. Efren has served as the president of the Yakima School District Migrant Parent Teacher Association for eight years, advocating both locally and nationally, for the educational needs of migrant students. Looking for the best tamales in the hemisphere? Look no further than Efren’s wife, Edinina.

 

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Adelfo Martinez
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Adelfo has been with us for three years. He started during the 2010 harvest. Adelfo’s work ethic and talents quickly shined bright. He is currently learning the management side of the vineyard. Adelfo is a level two graduate of the Latino Viticultural Education program at Yakima Valley College. In addition to his efforts in the vineyard, Adelfo takes English classes four evenings per week. He and his wife Carolina will welcome their second child in March 2014.;

 

Susie McFerran
Tasting Room and Wine Club Coordinator
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Susie McFerran joined Two Mountain Winery in March 2014 to assist in the daily operations of the tasting room including Wine Club and events. She has an extensive background in outstanding customer service and hospitality. Before joining Two Mountain, she previously managed another tasting room and previous to that was with Macy’s for nearly 20 years. She also has her cosmetology License, but prefers promoting outstanding Washington wines and developing lasting relationship with wine club members. No one can resist her infectious smile, extensive product knowledge and extremely outgoing personality. Susie is married with three children– the last two graduating this year. When she’s not at the winery you can usually find her lending a helping hand to others. She loves spending time with her family whether it be camping, skiing and leisurely fishing trips with her husband Jim. Aside from that, her real passion is traveling to tropical locations and relaxing on the beach or pool side with a cold cocktail in her hand!

Braden Mortensen
Assistant Winemaker

Braden, although only 22 years of age has been working with us over five years!  He began his career with Two Mountain pulling weeds in the yard and labeling wine when he was barely 17.  Shortly thereafter he began asking a lot of questions about wine making, cellar techniques and vineyards and we started giving him more to do.  During his senior year of high school he decided he wanted to pursue wine making as a career.  That harvest, while he was starting oenology courses at Yakima Valley College, he became our first harvest intern.  The rest is history.  He crushes it in the cellar and is generally a rock star at all he does.  Braden is currently finishing his oenology course work and is starting business classes at Central Washington University.  Keep on eye on this kid.  He is going to do great things!