Co-Founder, Division Winemaking Company and the Southeast Wine Collective
Kate Norris is the co-winemaker and co-owner of Division Winemaking Company based in Portland, Oregon. Her detailed understanding of and extensive experience in the wine, food and event planning industries has well prepared her to run the young, rapidly growing company. After establishing Division Winemaking Company in 2010 with Tom Monroe, the pair went on to form the Southeast Wine Collective in 2012 in response to their personal interest in creating a unique, multifaceted urban winery and wine bar, coupled with increasing public interest in the urban wine movement.
In 2015, Kate’s first solo wines were released by Division Winemaking Company under her personal label, Gamine. A childhood moniker for Kate, Gamine means precocious girl with mischievous charm in French. The first Gamine release included a 2014 Pétillant Grenache Rosé and 2013 Syrah. Both of these wines are extremely personal for Kate and are inspired by her parents and global upbringing.
If there were a definition in dictionary for “child of the world,” you would see a picture of Kate. Born in Bahrain to an English father and Malagasy (that’s Madagascar) mother, Kate’s exposure to food and wine is extensive to say the least. She has lived in England, Switzerland, France and the U.S. and has eaten and drank her way around the world numerous times over. She graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in upstate New York with three liberal arts majors, and has since worked at management levels with event planning firms and wineries across the U.S. and in France.
After an amazing experience working and learning how to make wine in France's Beaujolais, Burgundy and Loire regions, Kate moved to Oregon. Determined to make approachable and balanced wines though minimal manipulation, Kate's passion is to work with well farmed and terroir expressive vineyards celebrating the varietals she loves to drink and the vintage they were grown in. After a lifetime of travel, Oregon, Portland, and their culture and climates have become a true home for Kate.