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Whistling Dog Cellars

Whistling Dog Cellars

Whistling Dog Cellars
1915 NW Oak Grove Road
Salem, Oregon
USA 97304
Phone: (503) 708-9105

Contact: Celeste Symonette
Email: celeste@whistlingdogcellars.com

At Whistling Dog Cellars we don’t just own the winery and vineyard, we actually do the work. One of us is the primary worker in every single step of our vineyard and winery activities; we have no other employees. Growing and making world-class Pinot is not just our passion, it is our livelihood, it is the only thing we do. We don’t just stake our reputation on it; we stake our family’s welfare on it.

We spend almost all of our energy tending the vines. One of us is in the vineyard everyday; in most cases from sunrise to sunset. Using sustainable, dry-farming techniques, we do all that we can to ensure the best growing and ripening conditions, given each season’s unique characteristics. By the time our estate grapes reach the crush pad, every vine has been touched by us at least 25 times since the previous year's harvest.

In the winery, on the other hand, we take a minimalist approach and let Nature take its course. Our role is to assist in the winemaking process, not manipulate it. By "assist", we mean that, at most, we sort and destem the grapes, add yeast, punch down the cap, press the wine to settling tank, rack to barrel, add minimal SO2 after MLF, rack to bottling tank, and bottle - that's it. During hot, dry seasons we do not add water or acids to the musts; during cool, wet seasons we do not add sugar or use concentrating techniques. Our wines emphasize the characteristics of the growing season and vineyard; we do not cater to pre-determined, market-driven aroma/taste profiles.

If you want a manipulated wine; manufactured for vintage-to-vintage uniformity; at a price that is as pretentious as its label; you won’t find it here. At Whistling Dog Cellars you'll find affordable world-class Pinot, produced with single-minded passion, that reflects where and when the grapes were grown. Go ahead, try our wine; you'll enjoy it.

Winemaker: Tom Symonette

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