Founded by Ted and Meri Gerber, Foris Winery and Vineyards is family-owned and family-managed.
A graduate of Cal State Hayward in 1969, Ted studied political science and public administration.
During his college years, he also developed a passion for making homemade wine.
In 1971, Ted and Meri purchased hillside acreage in southern Oregon's remote Illinois Valley with the specific intention of growing grapes.
Starting from scratch, they built a house, bought the land that is now Gerber Vineyards, and began planting grapes.