Angela Estate was founded in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA in 2006 by Antony Beck. Building on a family legacy of winegrowing that started at Graham Beck Winery in South Africa, Beck and winemaker, Alban Debeaulieu, focus on making provocative, world-class wines that will endure.
Winemaker Alban Debeaulieu leads the evolution of Beck Family Estates’ Oregon wine brands. Formerly known as Angela Estate, the new Angela Vineyards’ revised look, feel and winemaking will take the brand in new and fresher directions. Working closely with viticulturalist Heath Payne, Alban leads this transformation, crafting wines that are sourced from like-minded grape growers. The goal is to return to the craft of wine through thoughtful and intentional choices in the process, which echoes Alban’s experience and training.
Born outside Paris, Alban grew up in the south of France in a family and landscape where wine was ever-present. On the table at every meal, the focal point of outings and gatherings, wine was not a luxury or novelty but an essential part of life. On weekends, Alban visited cellars in the Rhône and the Loire valleys, tasting wines purchased from neighboring vignerons or made in his grandfather’s garage. Alban studied agronomics and viticulture in French Catalonia before moving to Burgundy to pursue his studies. There he lived in both Dijon and Beaune while completing a Bachelor in Viticulture at Université de Bourgogne and a Master’s in Winemaking and Enology at Université de Bourgogne while working harvests in Beaujolais as well as the 2012 harvest at Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune. In 2013, Alban moved to Oregon to work harvest at Domaine Drouhin Oregon, then took a position as assistant winemaker at White Rose Estate. In 2016, Alban joined 00 Wines and Chapter 24 Vineyards as winemaker before arriving at Angela Vineyards (then Angela Estate) in May 2017.
Responsible for year-round management of over 360 acres of vineyards, farmland, and forest, Heath has experience in both vineyards and the cellar, most recently as the assistant winemaker for Bethel Heights Vineyard. Heath is dedicated to regenerative farming using an organic and biodynamic farm program, eliminating all herbicides, and expanding the species of plants grown to support polyculture and native habitats and species.
Born and raised in northern Arizona, Heath developed a love for the outdoors and a more naturalist perspective on life at an early age. It was this curiosity that led him to further explore his surroundings through travel and working outside. His first exposure to wine came when he found seasonal work at a certified organic vineyard near his hometown of Prescott, Arizona. There he found a strong connection between the vine, surrounding habitats, and the hands that labor in the vineyard. Wine seemed to be the ultimate translator of his observations.
Relocating to Oregon in 2006, Heath pursued studies in both viticulture and wine production at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. Working in the vineyards and cellars of area wineries during the day and going to school in the evenings he graduated in 2009 with associate degrees in both disciplines. During this time he spent a harvest at Domaine du Petit Pin in southern France. Upon his return, he was offered a position at Witness Tree Vineyard where he remained as cellar master until 2013. In 2017, Heath joined Bethel Heights Vineyard as assistant winemaker before arriving at Abbott Claim in March of 2020.