Bio - Mimi Casteel - Winegrower
- Posted on April 08 2011, 12:30 pm
- Posted by BHV Blog
Mimi is the daughter of Ted Casteel and Pat Dudley, co-founders of Bethel Heights. Growing up working in the vineyard and winery, Mimi gained such an appreciation for the wine industry that she promptly left home after high school. Armed with a BA in History and Classics from Tulane University, Mimi spent the next year working in various National Forests across the west. Her adventures fueled her passion for studying botany, forestry, and ecological processes.
After completing the required post-baccalaureate work, Mimi entered a Masters Program in Forestry, and earned her MS from Oregon State University. Working as a botanist and ecologist for the Forest Service allowed Mimi to spend the next several years in the backcountry. She also began to realize she had a nagging desire to return to the vineyard, and work with the vines.
Mimi returned to Bethel Heights in 2005, along with her cousin and childhood best friend Ben. Taking her passion for ecology and biology, Mimi set out to become the queen of vineyard experimental design, focusing on innovations in sustainable farming, compost and vermiculture, and various quality experiments.
Meanwhile Mimi proved to be too adept at business management to avoid being drawn into the more mundane aspects of our business as well. In 2009 she was promoted to General Manager.
Today she is Winegrower and General Manager of Bethel Heights, making wine with Ben, and participating in a groundbreaking study of the benefits of caffeine for chronic over-committers. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of LIVE, Oregon Pinot Camp, and the International Pinot Noir Celebration.