Who We Are
Producing a quality wine for people to enjoy requires the perfect combination of vineyard care, winemaking techniques, and visionary sales strategies. Our team members’ common goal is to create a lasting, world-class wine experience.
We will be forever grateful to all of our team for both their expertise and dedication.
“They complete us”.
SHANE COLLINS | WINEMAKER
Collins is a native of the Lake Chelan Valley as a fourth-generation orchardist. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Washington State University, his interests in farming and agriculture encouraged him to pursue the field of viticulture and enology.
Shane worked for Spring Valley Vineyard in Walla Walla, under Winemaker Serge Laville, as well as the vineyards of Red Willow, Evergreen, and Otis for Columbia and Covey Run wineries while studying viticulture and fermentation science at the Institute of Enology and Viticulture. His desire and passion for the Lake Chelan area and its unique soil and climatic qualities brought Shane back to the Chelan Valley where he has been growing grapes and making wine since 2007.
Shane currently is in his ninth year as a board member of the Lake Chelan Wine Alliance, serving as the alliance president for two years, treasurer for three years, and vice chair for two years. Shane is also currently the vice chair of the Washington Winegrowers Association and brings a voice from the expanding Lake Chelan AVA and surrounding areas of North Central Washington.
JONATHAN KACZMAREK | BUSINESS MANAGER & WINEMAKER
Previously the winemaker at Soos Creek Wine Cellars, Jonathan has eight years of winemaking experience. After visiting numerous wine regions throughout the world, Jonathan decided to leave corporate finance to pursue the science and art of winemaking. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin and has completed numerous courses at the Northwest Wine Academy.
MARCY LEMIEUX | OPERATIONS / MARKETING MANAGER
Marcy joined Rocky Pond in 2016. She is a Washington native, growing up on Mercer Island, graduating from Mercer Island High School, and receiving her Bachelor of the Arts degree from Seattle University.
She has completed several winemaking courses with the UC Davis extension program. Prior to coming on board with Rocky Pond, Marcy managed operations for Barons Winery, and was the Director of Guest Relations for Chateau Rollat.
LAURA ANNE GILMAN | WOODINVILLE TASTING ROOM MANAGER
Laura Anne comes to us from the East Coast, where she left a corporate career to further her interest in the winemaking industry, including time at City Winery NY and Total Wine & More, and a research stint in Burgundy.
In 2014 she came to Washington State to learn tasting room management and the Pacific Northwest wine industry, diving in with her signature passion.
Most recently at Market Vineyard, her talent for bringing people and wine together is a perfect match with Rocky Pond’s philosophy.
JILL BABCOCK | CHELAN TASTING ROOM MANAGER
After 5 years with Starbucks and learning the ins and outs of customer service, the quality within relationships and a strong business model, Jill transitioned to pursue her passion within the wine industry.
This brought her to Columbia Winery in the heart of Woodinville wine country, where she was able to grow her wine knowledge, create experiences and build lasting relationships.
Having an eagerness to always be growing motivated her to move to the growing Lake Chelan wine region, joining the Rocky Pond team.
DAVID AND MICHELLE DUFENHORST | OWNERS
While biking through old world vineyards, the European devotion to family, dedication to the land, and pride in their wine resonated with David and Michelle. David’s business savvy in connection with the land, coupled with Michelle’s talent for bringing people together shine through in their passion for wine.
Together they bring a beautifully balanced “blend” to their winery.