The Brittans

Ellen Brittan

Ellen Brittan has always had a passion for food and wine, so after spending the first twenty years of her career working in Financial Services, she finally decided to give up the corporate world to do something she would do even if she didn’t get paid to do it.

After working in a lovely little family winery in Yountville, she joined Rudd Winery in Oakville, where she had the wonderful opportunity to launch and manage a new luxury wine brand for Leslie Rudd. In the course of her ten years with the Rudd Group, she also was involved in the group’s other food and spirits related projects, including Dean & DeLuca, Edge Hill Winery, Distillery No. 209, PRESS Restaurant and Oakville Grocery. It was a dream come true to be immersed in a world of gourmet food and luxury wine and spirits.

Having grown up in Seattle, studying French and Spanish Language & Literature at the University of Washington, she longed to return to her northwest roots.  Needless to say she was thrilled to become the joint owner of the beautiful Brittan Vineyards winery in McMinnville.

While Robert oversees the vineyard and winemaking, Ellen manages the business operations for Brittan Vineyards.  In addition, Ellen has worked as General Manager for the Carlton Winemakers’ Studio and as the Director of Wine Education at Linfield College.  In order to give back to a wine community that has been so welcoming and supportive, she has also served as Chair of the Oregon Wine Board, President of the Oregon Winegrowers’ Association, and President of the International Pinot Noir Celebration.  She currently sits on the board of Visit McMinnville, the Linfield Wine Education Advisory Council and the McMinnville Economic Development Council.  When she is not working, Ellen loves to spend time cooking, baking and taking care of their two adorable Doodles – Harold and Henry.

Two dogs dressed up for Christmas at Brittan Vineyards

Harold and Henry

Harold and Henry came as a pair.  Robert and Ellen adopted them in June 2019 when they were just shy of 2-years old.  Although they look remarkably alike, they are two different breeds and they have two very distinctive personalities.

Harold the Bernedoodle who is one month older, is very much like his Bernese Mountain dog ancestors.  He is affectionate and loves attention.  He is also extremely strong, weighing in at 100+ pounds, and can be very stubborn at times.  Henry the Goldendoodle, although one month younger than Harold, is the dominant one of the pair.  Tall, elegant and extremely intelligent, he is much more poodle-like and loves to play with his toys, retrieve balls and harass his older brother.   They both love romping through the vineyard, digging for gophers and greeting guests to the property.