Cellardoor Winery

Bettina Doulton

Bettina Doulton, Owner of Cellardoor Winery

Owner/Operator

When Bettina first visited Cellardoor in December 2006, she immediately fell in love with the 200-year-old buildings and 68-acre farm. Knowing the Winery was for sale, she realized her longtime dream to run a small business when she became its owner in 2007. Leaving behind a 21-year career at Fidelity Investments managing mutual funds and people, and feeling more reflective after having finished breast-cancer treatment in 2006, Bettina has fully embraced this new chapter in her life. On any given day, you may find her greeting guests in the tasting rooms, driving the tractor or forklifts, or punching down grapes during harvest.

Bettina is dedicated to sharing Cellardoor Winery, Maine wines, and all the beauty of Maine with as many visitors as possible. Toward that end, she founded and is the current president of the Maine Wine Guild and its statewide Wine Trail. She loves to work within the community and serve as an energizing influence, and is very grateful for the recognition her efforts have received. She was named 2010 Townsperson of the Year by the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, and received the 2011 Maine Tourism Award for Commitment to Tourism Growth.

Bettina has found complete joy in the people she works with and the guests who visit. She wishes everyone to have a highlight every day and hopes a visit to the Winery will provide guests with a wonderful break from the rat race she remembers all too well.

Aaron Peet

Winemaker

Aaron Peet, Cellardoor Winemaker

Aaron Peet was born and raised in Maine. After studying at the Center for Enology and Viticulture in Walla Walla, Washington and gaining experience at some of Walla Walla’s finest wineries, he desired to return to his home state. As fate would have it, he met Bettina Doulton in the spring of 2007 and began his career as a winemaker at Cellardoor Winery in the summer of 2008. Since that time, the winery has grown in every way imaginable and, while at times he reminisces about the early days of making wine in the cellar of a 200-year-old barn, he thoroughly enjoys the challenge and excitement of evolving and expanding production in Cellardoor’s new, modern winemaking facility.

Maine is on the edge of the wine world and with that comes trials and tribulations, but with hard work and some Yankee ingenuity, Peet’s winemaking team has seen success on a national and international scale with several awards for their handcrafted blends. Peet takes great pride sourcing the best fruit available and making every effort to ensure a quality, delicious bottle is ready for your table. In 2012, some of that sourcing came from Cellardoor’s own backyard. The vines that were planted in 2008 and 2009 have come to fruition, an event that has helped energize the winemaking team’s passion about the potential that Maine grapes hold and the possibility of crafting them into award winning wines in their own right.

 

The Rest of the Team

The rest of the Cellardoor Team consists of:

Devon Salisbury, events; Wyatt Philbrook, property and vineyard; Tim Neilson, vineyard assistant; Christina Peet, assistant winemaker; Jeremy Maines, winery assistant; David Maas, cellarmaster; Daryl Emery, winery assistant; Janice Stein, merchandising; Michelle Gamage, merchandising assistant; McKenzie Brown, wholesale partnerships; Abby Stocks, numbers and special projects; Katherine Bernier, wine inventory; Rachel White, shipping; Daniela Esposito, social media and guest communications.