Ted Baseler
Emeritus President & CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Ted Baseler is Emeritus President & CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, where he had been for over 30 years. Ted was the architect of the company’s expansion throughout WA, winery acquisitions in CA and OR, and the development of an imported wines portfolio including wineries from Italy, Spain, Chile, France and New Zealand.

Throughout his career, Ted has been committed to community service holding board positions at Washington State Wine Commission, Wine Market Council (Napa-based), Auction of Washington Wines and Seattle Children’s. Ted has earned gubernatorial appointments to the WSU Board of Regents where he served since 2006.

He led the campaign to build a world class enology and viticulture institution at WSU, raising $23 million in private and government support. Ted also founded Ste. Michelle’s scholarship program benefiting students in need, which has granted more than $3 million in scholarships in recent years. 


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