Changes at Grochau Cellars

John Grochau and Kerri KelvinOregon winery Grochau Cellars is moving from the Portland winery John Grochau shared with Boedecker Winery to McMinnville. In downtown “Mac” he will share space with Marcus Goodfellow’s Matello and Love and Squalor wineries.

We asked John what prompted the move. He says: “a few things came together. Last year we noticed we were running out of room. Then our partner, Boedecker, offered to buy our half of the space. We all knew that in the long term, we couldn’t continue together – we are both growing. It was a good thing all around.”

at right, John Grochau and Kerri Kelvin

John says: “I will be moved into the McMinnville facility in August/September, in time for the 2012 harvest. I’m growing my Commuter label, and producing about the same amount of my other wines as in the past.”

The McMinnville winery is near the old granery building, around the corner from Panther Creek Winery. John will take visitors by appointment but will not have a tasting room.

John has a few changes in his wine lineup. He is changing the source of his Tempranillo to Washington State’s Sugarloaf Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. He is adding a Mourvedre to his lineup of Washington wines, which also includes Grenache. The Mourvedre and Grenache grapes will come from the Destiny Ridge Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills.

We wish him luck and a beautiful harvest in 2012.

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