Our Salem, OR-based team is small but mighty (though if we stood atop one another’s shoulders, we’d measure a towering 32 feet high). We come from four different countries and various walks of life, but we have a shared conviction that great wine shouldn’t be out of reach. If we had to sum it up, we’d say we believe in people, polka dots, and possibilities.
Mark Tarlov has been making wine for more than a decade, and considers it a surprising extension of a career spent telling stories. Before Alit, he founded award-winning wineries Evening Land and Chapter 24. And way before Alit, he worked as a speechwriter, an attorney and a filmmaker for more than twenty feature films.
Ryan Hannaford grew up on a citrus farm in Australia where he helped his family work the land, so farming is in his bones. After spending five years traveling the world, Ryan found his passion for wine. He first met Mark at Evening Land and reunited with him as the Director of Viticulture for Chapter 24 and Alit Wines.
Growing up, Alban’s family always had wine on the table and at the center of every meal. He regularly visited cellars in the Rhône and Loire Valleys, tasting wines purchased from neighbors or made in his grandfather’s garage. After studying agronomics and viticulture in French Catalonia for two years, he found his way to the Willamette Valley. In 2015, Alban joined Mark as winemaker for Alit.
Felipe is an amateur cook, an amateur drummer and an amateur father of one little bandit. But he’s a fermentation expert, whose love of wine became his livelihood after studying Viticulture and Enology at the Universidad Católica de Chile and earning his DNO and Masters of Science from the Agricultural School of Montpellier (ENSAM). He’s worked in wineries from Alsace to Bordeaux to California to Oregon and is cofounder of Slow Vino Chile, a new association to promote small family-run operations that “live and breathe wine.”