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Ancient Cellars

Ancient Cellars

Ancient Cellars
1242 Maple Street
Dundee, Oregon
USA 97115
Phone: (503) 437.4827

Contact: Craig Baker
Email: wcb@ancientcellars.com

In the fall of 2007, my brother Chris and I began on a journey centered around specialty Oregon wine making and the founding of an Oregon wine company we called Ancient Cellars.

Ancient Cellars came about through our love of wine, food and the opportunity to source some good grapes in the fall. Chris called me and asked if I would be interested in starting an Oregon winery. I jumped at the chance and found the business idea to be an adventurous undertaking. Wine making is a labor of love and we are proud of our products, our company and our obligation to give back to the community.

In 2006, I moved with my wife and children from Oregon to Indianapolis. We had just sold our restaurant to my business partner and packed everything. It was a decision my wife and I had made to get the grandchildren closer to family. However, Chris, our pioneer in the family, stayed behind working in the wine industry in Dundee, Oregon. Since the move, I have been working as a chef and Chris still in the wine industry. Our collaboration and relationship with Ancient Cellars is as strong as ever and I love the chance it gives me to stay connected with my roots in Oregon.

The third piece to our puzzle has been Tony Moore. Tony handles sales on a national level and brand development. His background in the industry has been very valuable in developing Ancient Cellars. He shares our passion for fine food, wine and the dedication in producing both.

Our first release was in September of 2008. Gilt was to be the name of a complex Oregon Pinot Gris that Chris had worked on for a year. Using different yeast strains and then blending to achieve his desired flavor profile, Chris achieved the complex notes that tease the aroma in this vintage. It was a long time coming, and the anticipation was almost more than I could handle.

Our '07 Oregon Pinot Noir, One-Toe Duck (named for a mallard we rescued), will be released for purchase in March of '09. Healthy barrel time and bottle aging prove this to be a mature, drinkable wine.

Please, follow our story closely as we are expanding quickly to add Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to our lines this year. We have made it our goal to buy some of the best fruit in Oregon, to make some of the best Oregon wines, and to do it responsibly. A percentage of our net profit goes to further the causes associated with the name of each wine and help enrich our sense of community.

Winemaker: Chris Baker

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