Et Fille, which means “and daughter”, honors the hand-in-hand team of founders Howard Mozeico and daughter Jessica Mozeico. The two founded Et Fille Wines in 2003.
Jessica grew up around winemaking as Howard started making Oregon wines as a hobby when Jessica was growing up. She fell in love with wine while visiting Burgundy to celebrate her twenty first birthday with her parents because, “Who wouldn’t lose their heart to Burgundy?” asks Jessica. That trip instigated her love of Pinot Noir, though it was a passion she cultivated from the sidelines for years. Meanwhile, she pursued an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, a MBA from Wharton at the University of Pennsylvania, and a career in biotechnology marketing, while living in New York and San Francisco. Finally, Jessica and Howard decided to co-found and operate Et Fille Wines together. Jessica learned everything about winemaking from her dad. She says this is important because having two people involved in each stage of the winemaking process allowed them to bring two perspectives- and two palates- to their wines.
Today, Jessica operates the business, making elegantly complex wines inspired by her late father's legacy and her daughter's future. She says, "I have the honor and responsibility to carry Et Fille forward in a manner that is consistent with my dad's vision, values, and palate. I will continue building the legacy of Et Fille for my daughter." She feels fortunate to create Oregon Pinot Noir to share with others and be part of the collaborative and encouraging Oregon wine community.