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Abigail Stamp

Abigail Stamp

Cellar Hand

WillaKenzie Estate

After graduating from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology program in December 2012, Abigail Stamp worked a harvest in Marlborough, New Zealand in spring 2013 as a vintage cellar hand. The winery she worked for received over 23,000 tons of grapes and there were nearly 50 vintage cellar hands. Abigail returned home after harvest and worked a couple of months for her family's winery, Lakewood Vineyards in the Finger Lakes, New York. She then headed to the Willamette Valley, Oregon to try her hand at Pinot Noir production. She accepted a harvest job at WillaKenzie Estate in Yamhill-Carlton AVA. What started as a harvest opportunity became more when Abigail was hired on for another year at WillaKenzie, where she is currently employed. She is just wrapping up her second vintage in Oregon, where she has learned much about quality Pinot Noir production. Abigail has had the chance to perform nearly all aspects of wine production, in addition to some vineyard work, crop estimates, and laboratory analysis. This harvest she has spent much of her time in the lab running daily analysis as well as pre-fermentation and post-fermentation analysis. It has been great for Abigail to refresh much of what she learned at Cornell in a practical environment. In a few short weeks Abigail will return to the Finger Lakes to work as Cellar Master for Lakewood Vineyards and switch her focus from Pinot Noir to Riesling!