Joe Swick is a 5th generation Oregonian, born and raised in Portland. He got into the wine business working as a shipping/receiving clerk working at a specialty organic food store in Portland, where he was able to taste a lot of different wines and meet a lot of Oregonian winemakers. He worked his first harvest at Owen Roe in 2003, and from then until 2012, he worked 15 different harvests, traveling all over the world as far as Tasmania, France, Portugal, and Italy. Joe returned to Oregon in 2013 to start Swick Wines in the Willamette Valley.
He works only with organically farmed vineyards (many that are not irrigated) in both Oregon and Washington, considering himself more of a PNW winemaker than an Oregon winemaker.