.Susan founded Laurel Ridge in 1986 with her husband David Teppola.
Working as an attorney in Portland, Susan met David in 1980 and was
immediately captivated by his life as a maverick vineyard developer and
wine investor. Her first years on the farm included many rides on the tractor,
wreath making from grape vine cuttings and being the crew boss during the
inaugural harvest of 1986 (while 9 months pregnant!) It was only two years
later that their youngest daughter Maija came along, turning Laurel Ridge
into a true family operation. Susan and the girls made up the sales team in
the early years of Laurel Ridge, with tastings across a picnic table on the
vineyard. Susan took over the daily operations of Laurel Ridge after losing
David in 2006 while continuing to maintain her career. Susan retired as an
attorney in 2014 and is looking forward to you joining her on this Romantic Danube Wine Cruise.