John Pratt – Chair Emeritus
After spending most of his life in education, John Pratt moved to Southern Oregon with his wife Shari Eaton in 2004 and bought 24 acres where he planted a vineyard. Coming from Lodi, Calif., he was looking for a warmer location where he could ripen Italian varieties, establishing a niche relatively untouched by Oregon vintners. Pratt and Eaton grow Barbera, Dolcetto, Muscat, Sangiovese, Vermentino and Zinfandel, which they sell to a variety of Oregon wineries.
Besides making wine in his garage for friends and family, Pratt enjoys walking in his hillside vineyard, pruning, thinning and participating in research projects. Working closely with the Oregon State University faculty at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center in Central Point, he has expanded his knowledge of horticulture in general and viticulture specifically. Pratt co-chairs the statewide Oregon Wine Research Institute research committee, and serves as president of the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a master’s degree in English rhetoric and composition from the University of the Pacific. In addition to being a professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, he was also a member of the school board of the Lincoln Unified School District in Stockton, Calif.