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DJ MacIntyre

Willamette Valley Vineyards Winery Chef

Willamette Valley Vineyards Chef DJ MacIntyre grew up in Montana with a family that enjoyed feasting together, often with wild game and fresh-caught fish. Those early experiences taught him to appreciate the creation of high-quality dishes set on a backdrop of special occasions and family memories. 

After finishing college at the University of Oregon, Chef DJ started his career in Eugene, then moved to Seattle, where he worked with chef and restaurateur John Howie. He was chef de cuisine at Chef Howie’s SPORT Restaurant & Bar and later at the highly-regarded Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar that he helped Chef Howie open in 2009.

Bringing others joy through local, sustainable foods led Chef DJ to his current position at Willamette Valley Vineyards in 2015. One of his favorite local ingredients to work with is Steelhead as he loves its versatility and how it pairs well with many of our wines, including Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.  

Chef DJ enjoys donating his time and talent to the community, including recent efforts by his team to cook meals for Covid-19 frontline workers at Salem Hospital. He has been named Best Chef through the Statesman Journal’s Best of Mid-Valley program for multiple years.


Founded in 1983 by Oregon native Jim Bernau with the dream of creating world-class Pinot Noir,
Willamette Valley Vineyards has grown from a bold idea into one of the region’s leading wineries, earning the title “One of America’s Great Pinot Noir Producers” from Wine Enthusiast Magazine


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