Meet Our Team

Learn Who's Who At The Helvetia Winery
John Platt

John Platt


John wears many hats in both the winery and the vineyard, from tractor driver, farm manager and vintner to tour guide. He brings his passion for growing grapes, wine making, history and the land along with the art of conversation. When you book a tour, you are in for the rare treat with the winemaker and farm manager tasting you through a host of Helvetia wines and vintages and answering your questions.

John is also a lawyer, and consults for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. He has worked with Columbia River treaty fishing tribes on salmon recovery for over thirty years. He served as president of the Washington County Winery Association (now the Northwest Vintners Association) between 1999 and 2003. He graduated from Georgetown University and holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Elizabeth Furse

Elizabeth Furse

Vineyard Partner

Elizabeth and John planted their first five acres of Pinot Noir and chardonnay at their farm in Helvetia in the (very wet) Spring of 1982. In 1992, Elizabeth was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Oregon’s First Congressional District from 1993 to 1999.

She is a board member for Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Virginia Garcia Foundation, the Washington County Historical Museum.  Elizabeth is often at winery events providing flowers from her English garden and assisting as needed.

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