Katie Vipond, originally interested in becoming an elementary school teacher, had a change of heart after working at a winery during college. She pursued a career in the wine industry, graduating from Walla Walla Community College with a degree in Enology and Viticulture, where ultimately she met her husband. Following an internship in the vineyards of the Horse Heaven Hills and in production in a winery, she continued her eduction by getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Wine Studies with a Minor in Tourism Management from Central Washington University. Katie gained experience through internships, volunteering in vineyards, and managing a winery.

Ultimately drawn to the Walla Walla Valley’s wine community, Katie joined a new winery in town April of 2010, where she interacted with customers and shared her knowledge for four years prior to joining the Pepper Bridge Winery team. Shortly after, she became the Wine Club Manager, bringing her enthusiasm and fresh ideas to enhance the experience for club members.

While not at work she likes to spend time with her husband, Derrek Vipond, exploring wine by traveling to new regions or opening a few bottles with friends.

To contact Katie, you can email her at katie@pepperbridge.com or call 509-525-6502.