Welcome to Major Creek Cellars home page. Our wines are made from the best grapes in Oregon and Washington, using traditional methods. We emphasize gentle extraction, and balance.
Major Creek Cellars is ideally situated between the great vineyards of Oregon and Washington in the Columbia River Gorge AVA. The winery is adjacent to Major Creek, a tributary of the Columbia River and sits high above the Major Creek canyon directly south of Mt Adams.
We produce mostly red wine such as Oregon Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. These are varietals that demand attention but bring great rewards in flavor and in bouquet. We also make rose and occasionally merlot, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay if the vintage is good. Unlike other wineries, we concentrate on only a few cuvees each year to give each wine our full attention as it develops.
Major Creek Cellars is dedicated to producing the best wine from the best grapes using small winery techniques. All the wines are handcrafted and minimal mechanization and intervention is used in the process. This craftman's wine is a product of our passion and commitment to continually explore, and have a lot of fun.
As a result of the small scale approach, only very limited amounts of Major Creek Cellars wine will be available.
Attention to detail and the expression of the varietal are our focus. Searching out the best vineyards, establishing a rapport with the owners and working to get the best possible fruit makes the best possible wine. Nothing is spared in search of the right balance, the right acidity, the right tannin and the right flavor. The wines are produced in small, half ton fermenters. Red wines are lightly crushed, hand punched 3-4 times a day to submerge the skins and the temperature is carefully controlled to obtain the right extraction. Stems and whole cluster content varies to obtain the fruit and tannin needed for the cuvee. Minimal additions are made by picking the grapes at the peak of ripeness.