After graduating from college on the east coast, future winemaker Carla David was torn between pursuing work in her field of study and apprenticing at an organic farm. She chose to farm and to pursue her love of plants and herbalism. When she and a friend made their first batch of plum wine together, the idea of winemaking as more than a hobby got rolling. She began trying recipes she found for dandelion and elderberry wines, eventually getting so excited that she was making a different wine every month with whatever was in season.
After several years of practice and experimentation, in 2007 she officially opened Wild Wines. Slowly starting out by selling her wines at farmer’s markets and the Ashland Food Coop, her wines are now sold in 45 stores and restaurants throughout the state of Oregon.