Tom Merkle

Director of Vineyard Operations

Born in Seattle, Washington, Tom began his career with his father on family-owned orchards. He continued to work closely with his father until Boeing lured him away. After a brief stint at Boeing, Tom returned to his roots and accepted a management position in a prominent local vineyard/orchard company which was eventually purchased by Zirkle Fruit Company. Tom was then offered an area manager position with Zirkle Fruit Company and is currently Director of Vineyard Operations. In his spare time, Tom enjoys the great outdoors which mainly consists of hunting, fishing, and boating, along with restoring classic cars.