The Walls Vineyards

Meet the Team

Behind each and every bottle, there is a friendly face. Let’s see what they’re all about!

Mike Martin

OWNER

Mike turned his passion for wine and curiosity about life into a second career by building The Walls. As a technology executive, he once focused on building great businesses. Now, his focus rests solely on bringing distinctive wines and great people together. He is committed to our team and supporting our efforts to produce wines that are true expressions of time and place.  

Carrie Alexander

GENERAL MANAGER

Carrie joined The Walls with a background in managing and building several different luxury retail brands in a variety of capacities. She spent years in the Napa Valley in restaurant management and winery marketing positions. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest several years ago when her husband, Todd, assumed the role as winemaker at Force Majeure Vineyards. She is committed to our ongoing efforts to craft excellent wines, provide unique and thoughtful experiences, all with an eye toward preserving our precious resources and helping those in need.

Kathryn Padberg

HOSPITALITY & MEMBERSHIP
MANAGER

Kathryn was a professional dancer in NYC, Chicago and Seattle before discovering her love of wine and hospitality. Upon moving to Walla Walla, she has earned multiple wine certifications with distinction. When not hosting guests or creating memorable experiences for our members, Kathryn can be found gardening, baking bread or cuddling with her two dogs. She is passionate about sharing the wine, food and beauty of the Walla Walla Valley with you.

Todd Alexander

CONSULTING WINEMAKER

Todd Alexander is one of a select few 100-point winemakers in Washington State, who began his winemaking career in the Napa Valley at such esteemed wineries as Cade and PlumpJack, later becoming the winemaker at cult cabernet producer Bryant Family Vineyard. Todd has been in the Pacific Northwest for the past six vintages, crafting highly-rated and regarded wines at Force Majeure Vineyards, from estate fruit grown on Red Mountain. His involvement with The Walls allows him to take the lead in crafting wines from a variety of Pacific Northwest AVAs, further showcasing his talent.

Hope Nastri

ASSISTANT WINEMAKER

Hope contributes a knowledge of science, math and years of experience in the cellar to elevate the team as a whole. Hope has multiple degrees and even used to teach Math to high school students. She is responsible for running our lab, but can often be found among the barrels.

Serafin Saldana

VINEYARD MANAGER

Serafin has 15 years of experience with The Rocks District.  His extensive knowledge of the viticulture in the Rocks District of Milton Freewater in particular is an enormous asset in the farming of our estate properties.

Martín Salazar

CELLAR STAFF

Martín worked as a harvest intern during the 2019 vintage and we just couldn’t let him leave. He has had a long career in the wine business, most recently working for 10 years in the cellar at Long Shadows. Martín and his wife love Walla Walla and the people who live here.

Kyla Haren

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT 

Kyla Haren developed a passion for community as a youth in the Academy of Children’s Theater in Washington State. This laid the groundwork for her ability to do a bit of everything – and her DIY moxie. Kyla also previously managed a cheese shop. We are excited to have a Cheese Monger in our midst, adding a bit of food and wine pairing to our concierge offerings. Although her title is officially Administrative Assistant, Kyla lends her professional, dynamic and energetic personality to all sorts of roles at The Walls. We are fortunate to have her on our team!

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Zach Pearson

CELLAR STAFF + TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE

Zach’s grandfather piqued his interest in agriculture. Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, he studied Agri-Business and worked as a berry farm foreman and a kenneltechnician. Recently graduated from the Walla Walla Community College Enology and Viticulture program, Zach Pearson has joined The Walls in a dual capacity, lending his talents to both hospitality and the cellar. Although he is somewhat new to the wine business, Zach exudes classically southern, hospitable charm, a dedication to learning and an earnest work ethic that are sure to take him far.

Cara Almberg

TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE

To say that Cara is passionate about wine is an understatement. Cara has spent the past 10 years in the wine business in a variety of roles that includes cellar work, wholesale, tasting room and wine club sales. She has an incredible sense of humor and makes others feel immediately comfortable and welcome. We are excited to have someone with her fantastic energy and contagious enthusiasm join our hospitality team!