Meet Our Team
Sebastian and Erika Degens, Founders
Husband-and-wife team Sebastian and Erika Degens are the founders of Stone Barn Brandyworks. Sebastian spent much of his childhood in Germany, and developed a palate for fruit brandy in Hamburg as a teenager. Erika grew up in the countryside of upstate New York, oblivious to the delights of alcohol but already well down the rabbit hole of fruit and berry connoisseurship.
Erika and Sebastian first discovered Portland on a road trip north from California, and landed here to stay on a cold November day in 1980. They quickly joined the Mycological Society and began foraging for chanterelles. This delight in Pacific Northwest abundance soon expanded into fruit, vegetables, and home canning chutneys, jams, and preserves.. These early experiences have become a lifelong appreciation for the remarkable bounty of the Pacific Northwest, and are reflected in the business they began together.