John Grochau was first introduced to wine while racing bicycles throughout some of France’s most revered winemaking regions. Racing for a French team across Champagne, Burgundy and the Loire Valley, John’s interest in wine was sparked. John would later return to his hometown of Portland, Oregon to begin work in restaurants, where he quickly developed an even greater appreciation for wine.
After more than a decade selling wine in some of Portland’s finest restaurants, Grochau plunged into winemaking. He spent a year in Sonoma before returning to Oregon to work for Erath Winery and later Brick House Vineyards for four years, where he worked alongside winemaker Doug Tunnel. His first vintage at Grochau Cellars was 2002.
Inspired by the Willamette Valley’s diverse soils and microclimates, Grochau sources fruit from organic and sustainably farmed vineyards and employs a slow, natural fermentation process. Using classic varieties like Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc as well as emerging varieties such as Melon de Bourgogne and Gamay, Grochau strives to make wines that are balanced, textured and expressive of place.
Free and open to the public, 21 and over. Glass pours and bottles available for purchase.