With degrees in exercise physiology and business from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Arizona, it seemed unlikely that James Frey would end up as a winemaker or an artist. Nonetheless, in 2003, he and his wife Andrea moved their young children to Oregon, bought a piece of land in the eastern foothills of the Coast Range mountains, and planted the first of the three vineyards that now make up Trisaetum Winery.
A family-owned and operated winery in the heart of the Ribbon Ridge AVA, James only works with fruit from his estate vineyards and bottles ten Pinot Noirs, eight Rieslings, and five Sparkling wines each vintage.
In addition to his role as winemaker/proprietor, James is an internationally recognized artist with paintings sold to collectors throughout the world. His paintings are currently on display throughout the United States; as well as in the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Canada, and Brazil. A gallery of his artwork is featured at the Trisaetum Winery.