Jay grew up on a Walla Walla area wheat farm. He is the forth generation in the DeWitt family to farm. He earned a degree in Agronomy from WSU and spent several years consulting farmers in northern California where he fell in love with great Cabernet Sauvignons. He moved back to the Walla Walla valley in 1987 and farmed with his family until founding Dumas Station along with Doug Harvey in 2003. His is a strong believer that great wine is made in the vineyard and that constant attention to the grapes will be rewarded.
Neil Johnston cooked for a living for 6 years before entering the world of high tech in Silicon Valley, where he was an executive in the software industry, owned his own consulting firm, and eventually spent three years raising money for a large international non-profit agency. He graduated with distinction from the WWCC Enology and Viticulture program in 2016, and became Dumas Station’s Assistant Winemaker, and was promoted to co-winemaker in August of 2019. He holds certifications from the Wine Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Levels 2 and 3.
Pete was the original marketing and sales guy for Dumas Station in the early days – when we were still producing less than 1,000 cases. He left the winery in 2010 and went to work for a bank in their marketing department. After seven years away from us we were able to persuade Pete to rejoin Dumas Station to help with our marketing and sales efforts. Pete is a die-hard Washington State University Cougar fan and a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication.
Juli has been a member of the Dumas Station tasting room team for close to three years now. You’ll see Juli and her infectious smile most Saturday’s and occasionally on some of our other open days. When she’s not pouring wine at Dumas, Juli is either at work in the HR department at Walla Walla Community College, hanging out with her husband and cat, or visiting her grandchildren on Washington’s west side.