Juan Pablo (JP) Valot
Oregon Wine Standing Committee on Research Co-Chairman
Juan Pablo has worked for Silvan Ridge Winery for almost nine years and became the Winemaker in August 2012. In 2013, JP also became the Associate Winemaker for Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, Silvan Ridge’s sister winery locate in McMinnville, sharing winemaking responsibilities in both wineries.
JP was born in Mendoza, Argentina, which is most known as Argentina’s wine country. He completed a five year degree in agricultural sciences, with a focus in enology and viticulture at the National University of Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. After graduation JP worked as an enologist for Esmeralda, one of the Catena wineries. In 2001, he came to Oregon looking for new challenges and was attracted by Oregon’s growing wine industry. In 2002, he met his wife Doris and both decided to settle in Oregon.
Before working for Silvan Ridge, JP worked for Willamette Valley Vineyards, Soter Vineyards and Dobbes Family Estate. JP’s qualifications include 13 years of experience in winemaking with 16 vintages between his work in Oregon and Argentina. He has played multiple roles in Oregon’s wine industry including winemaker, vineyard manager, and educator. He is a well-rounded wine professional who understands the winemaking process from the vine to glass. He brings to Silvan Ridge his strong educational and professional experience but most important, he brings his passion and commitment to make high quality wine.
JP’s other passion is to spend time with his wife Doris and his baby boy Francisco. Together they share a passion for traveling. He is an avid traveler who has visited many countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, and the Caribbean. As a good Argentinian, he also loves soccer, particularly his beloved Boca Juniors, and always enjoys a good “asado.”