How did we come to be? The entrepreneurs of the family Chris and Craig (brothers) started Ancient Cellars in 2007 unable to refuse the chance to jump at a great opportunity. The short story is that there came a day when some great grapes needed a good home. Both had been transplants in Oregon, having grown up in Pennsylvania and then moving on to North Carolina for the college years and then some. Craig eventually sold his Portland restaurant and moved to Indianapolis with his wife and 2 kids to be closer to the grandparents. Just as they left, Chris returned. This time he decided to try his hand at a harvest internship with a custom crush winery in Dundee, OR and was offered a full-time job after harvest. Quickly, it became pretty clear to us and everyone else Chris had finally found his calling. Then the day came that those grapes needed a home, with a call to Craig the two decided that the Baker family, who had always enjoyed good food and fine wine, would have a winery.
Why Ancient Cellars? It's true that our first vintage was in 2007 and therefore not “ancient” by any stretch of the imagination. However, having a winemaker with a degree in geology, a vintner with a degree in history, and support by those with similar degrees and interests, we find ourselves inclined to look to the past to guide us into the future. Lastly, with the passion our family has towards fine wine and our belief that everyone should be able to enjoy it, we strive to produce something that will stand the test of time.
Our story of course doesn't end there and actually we are quite fond of a good story. Just as each of our wines are handcrafted from fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in Oregon and Washington, each wine has an equally crafted story. We are continually intrigued by the rich history of wine (and of course that little One Toe Duck) and enjoy incorporating it into our brand. Also, a percentage of our net profit goes to further the causes associated with each wine and help enrich our sense of community. We have made it our goal to make some of the best Oregon wines and to do it responsibly. Please follow our story closely as we are always expanding and looking to new wines to tell it with.