If you've had the chance to visit us in Indiana, you know people make Oliver Winery great. We like to work hard, and we care deeply about doing our work well. Plus, we have fun getting stuff done! Every grape cluster harvested, every wine bottle sold, every smile on a customer’s face represents the ability to grow our business and create a more stable future for ourselves and our families.
12 years at Oliver Winery
Julie was named President of Oliver Winery in 2016, and in 2021 continues her leadership of the winery as CEO. She began here at the winery as Controller, and served as CFO and Vice President for Administration and Wholesale Sales for five years.
She is pivotal in the integration and implementation of growth initiatives such as long-term site and capacity planning and product development.
A graduate of the IndianaUniversity Kelley School of Business, she has spent most of her career in smaller entrepreneurial companies
in southern Indiana. Along the way she has gained a wealth of knowledge about what it takes for a business to be efficient and competitive and to attract and retain top talent.
Among her chief initiatives as president was to build a culture of ownership at Oliver that is creative, collaborative, and constructive.
She spearheaded efforts such as “listening lunches,” in which she and Bill Oliver spend time connecting with employees personally and professionally, and company-wide events such as “Oliver Field Day,” to
promote employee engagement and understanding within and across departments (including a trip to Creekbend Vineyard to see how grapes are managed and harvested!). These initiatives helped Oliver
increase retention and earn a spot among the Best Places to Work in Indiana in both 2019 and 2020.
With ongoing efforts to expand the company’s sales footprint to new states across the country, she hopes to continue leading a growing organization that provides not just employment, but fulfilling and rewarding work for every member of the team.
Co-Founder & Board Member
In the 1960s, Bill Oliver worked as a youngster helping his dad, IU law professor William Oliver, plant his fledgling Creekbend Vineyard.
Bill worked at Oliver Winery part time throughout high school and college, supplementing his earnings with work as a commercial hot air balloon pilot (a side-job he still does today).
After earning a business degree from Indiana University in 1983, Bill joined the winery full time. As a jack-of-all-trades in our still-small operation, Bill focused on wine quality and enhancing the visitor experience to grow retail sales. He articulated the winery’s winemaking philosophy — crafting approachable wines that capture the delicious flavors of high-quality fruit.
Bill met his wife Kathleen when they were MBA classmates at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Kathleen joined the winery in 1993, and they worked together as sales grew rapidly through both retail and distributor channels. In 1994, Bill led the revitalization and expansion of Creekbend Vineyard. Under Bill and Kathleen's direction, the winery grew to be one of the largest in the eastern U.S. In 2006, the winery became a 100% employee-owned company. And today, Oliver Winery is focused on scaling up while maintaining quality in a diverse portfolio of products.
Though he holds two business degrees, Bill sees himself as a winemaker first and a businessman second. His day-to-day work with Oliver Winery continues, with a focus on winemaking, vineyard operations, and new product development. His goal is continued winery growth with a focus on inspired product offerings and operational best practices.
Learning to be adaptive and work with nature, as opposed to against it, is integral to my grape-growing philosophy. It’s a really cool intersection between art and science.
My goal is to continue to embody our values. I really believe in those—respecting people, getting stuff done, thinking differently, and expecting quality. That drives everything we do. If it’s not at our quality standard, it’s not right.
Winery Operations Director
1 year at Oliver Winery
I get to work for a company where I can have a daily impact on the success of, not only the company’s future, but mine and my family’s future, as well.
23 years at Oliver Winery
Everyone in the cellar has a direct impact on what goes into the bottle. I can walk into a store and see a giant display of Moscato and know that I made all of that. To work someplace that you can really be proud of is a cool thing.
8 years at Oliver Winery
We have something for everyone. I've been in the industry 20 years. It's rare to find a winery like ours.
Vice President of Wholesale Sales
10 years at Oliver Winery
VP of Operations, Director of Winemaking
25 years at Oliver Winery
Dennis is the kind of guy everyone wants to be around. As Oliver Winery’s Director of Winemaking and Vice President of Operations, we count on him for a lot of things — great wine and good laughs included.
In his 25 years at the winery, Dennis has held many positions.
After receiving a chemistry degree from Indiana University, he made his mark in our tasting room. Soon after, opportunities opened up in production, and he began to make his way through the ranks — from cellar assistant, to assistant winemaker, to winemaker.
Today, he manages our team in sourcing, harvest, vinification, quality control, and production for more than 700,000 cases of wine and more than 30 wine varieties.
Under Dennis’s leadership in winemaking and operations, Oliver Winery has earned a national reputation for high quality and consistency and established critical relationships with growers and industry partners around the world.
I design emails, photograph wine, strategize and plan. Sometimes I'm even making wine cocktails on TV. I get to stretch my creativity in so many different ways.
Digital Marketing Manager
5 years at Oliver Winery
To make people happy. You just can’t ask for more.
E-Commerce & Wine Club Manager
19 years at Oliver Winery