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J. Daan Wine Cellars

J. Daan Wine Cellars

J. Daan Wine Cellars
13301 NE Kuehne Rd
Carlton, Oregon
USA 97111-9526
Phone: 503-928-5248

Contact: Megan Van Zanten
Email: justin@jdaan.com

Justin and Megan Van Zanten were twenty-three years old when they founded J. Daan Wine Cellars. Justin had been working for one and a half years as a cellar assistant at a Willamette Valley winery and envisioned a family winery of his own. He started with a modest 100 cases of 2003 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($18/bottle). The wine received 90 points from the Wine Advocate. Robert Parker noted Justin's effort, "...the 2003 Pinot Noir, his first release, is outstanding..." Today, Justin and Megan produce 1200 cases a year and have added Pinot Gris and Rhone varietals to their repertoire.

The Van Zanten's have worked to maintain prices that allow a variety of wine lovers to enjoy their wines. Their 2004 Willamette Valley Pinot noir was listed as a “Best Value” by Burghound ($20/bottle). They view winemaking as a tribute to simpler living and hope that their wines will play a part in reconnecting food, family and the earth. Their own extended family has played a huge part in the project-- offering support, free labor, and lots of good meals.

Justin and Megan are proud to be producing wine in a region that focuses on sustainable and ethical vineyard practices. They believe in small, responsible business so that you can feel good about every sip.

Winemaker: Justin Van Zanten

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