With an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley; a Masters in Exercise Physiology from the University of Arizona; and an M.B.A. from the University of Arizona, it seemed unlikely that he would end up as a winemaker or a painter.
Nonetheless in 2003, he and his wife Andrea bought a piece of land in the eastern foothills of the Oregon’s Coast Range mountains and planted the first of the three vineyards that now make up the Trisaetum Vineyards & Winery. His Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay bottlings have received international acclaim, including being named the No. 3 wine in the world in 2015 by Wine Enthusiast.
As for art, he began taking and developing his own photos at the age of 12. Three years later, he began working full-time as a newspaper photojournalist and by the age of sixteen became the youngest recipient to receive an award from the California newspaper association for his work. He continued to work as a photojournalist in order to pay his way through college. In his late twenties, Frey turned to painting and developed a passion for abstract expressionist works. His paintings of rich, deep hues and vibrant contrast create a powerful sense of color, shape, and energy. In order to create a greater tactile quality, at times he’ll incorporate vineyard cuttings, pinot noir skins and vineyard soil into a piece.
His paintings have been sold to collectors and corporations throughout the world; and are currently on display as close as The Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, Oregon to as far away as The Clarion Post in Gothenburg, Sweden and Masion Louis Jadot in Beaune, France.