The Garvin Family took ownership of what is now the Sam’s Valley Vineyard in the early 1990’s. At the age of 70, Vern Garvin decided to build one more business. In 1999 Vern began the process of starting the vineyard.
Vern and his wife Dorothy had a lot of excitement through the years and lived life to the fullest. Their children, Lee, Roy and Ruth were always involved in the family businesses including a cable company, radio communications and 24 hour answering services. The Garvin children could often be found on the pulling cable, working on the switchboard or doing whatever else was needed to help in building the success the family has always achieved.
Vern was the vineyard manager supported by Dorothy from the initial ground break of the vineyard in 1999. In 2009 at the age of 78, Vern passed away, leaving a legacy of entrepreneurship, stewardship and a blueprint for success to his family and community. Dorothy continued to actively participate in the growth of both the vineyard and the winery until October of 2015 when she passed. It is now up to the future generations.
The second generation: Lee, Roy and Ruth are involved with all aspects of the business. Lee juggles his time between his job as Pilot and Purchasing Agent for South Coast Lumber Company in Brookings, Oregon and the family business. Roy works in science research and also helps with the day to day operations of the vineyard and tasting room. Ruth works fulltime and manages the marketing and distribution segments of the business and is the liaison for the family as needed.
The third generation: Kelly, Teri and Cory are always willing to help, and are busy creating their own lives. Kelly is a High School teacher and coach at Brookings Harbor High School, Teri is married and has the first of the fourth generation, a little girl, Bailey. She also works for the School District 17c office and is the payroll and benefits manager. Cory is learning the art of farming in the Corvallis area and loves it.