Patricia Green Cellars is located in the Ribbon Ridge Appellation of the Willamette Valley on a 52 acre estate purchased in 2000 by Patty Green and Jim Anderson. The winery, and thus the two friends and business partners, are noted for producing a tremendously broad selection of vineyard designated Pinot Noirs from several vineyards representing some of the better sites in the Willamette Valley with a particular emphasis over the years on Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills and the Chehalem Mountain appellations.
At a larger level the philosophy of the winery is fairly simple: Do what needs to be done. There are certain approaches and techniques that will obviously be applied, however the intensity of those actions is fluid. That fluid nature would extend to nearly every aspect of the winemaking. Ultimately things are done as simply as is possible. The 14th century friar William of Ockham stated that "one should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything." This is the physics theory known as Occam's Razor. It applies to winemaking though, too. With over 50 combined years worth of winemaking experience the two partners are quite possibly the longest-partnered winemaking duo in Oregon and they have come to realize that the hardest thing to do is to do the simplest things.
Of course to be a truly successful winery one must start with very strong raw materials. Over the years an ever-increasingly strong set of vineyards has made up the core of the winery’s Pinot Noir bottlings. The crowning jewel initially was landing what is the Estate Vineyard with the purchase of the property back in 2000. At this juncture Patricia Green Cellars has now assembled what is certainly one of the strongest collection of well-farmed, high-quality sites with great reputations in the entire state.
Patricia Green Cellars is a unique winery because of the collaborative approach to running the business from nearly all perspectives, a dedication to particular sites being able to produced uniquely special Pinot Noirs and a willingness to continually evolve, adapt and grow as a winery, winemakers and winery owners.
Meet the Winemakers
A person’s qualifications, abilities, make-up and personality cannot be deduced in a simple biography that lists all the relevant jobs they have held that led them to the point they are at in their life. There are few people that that statement would be truer for than Patty Green. To know the other winery jobs she has worked at would aid in missing the point as to who she is, why this winery is the way it is and why the wines are the way that they are. A life that has included commercial fishing off the coast of Baja, moccasin making, tree replantation, concrete form work and nearly countless other activities speaks of a person with an adventuresome soul, of a willingness to explore new avenues and ways of thinking, of a dogmatic-free existence, of a fierce curiosity and specifically of an intuitive love for natural, organic, living things. This winery is her manifestation of living a life that has been free of self-imposed restrictions. By having a big picture and unique view of the world she has been able to create a winery where real and diverse wines are made in a rigorous yet creative manner and the people who work here are able to work creatively and collaboratively knowing that the spirit of the winery comes from its namesake and that spirit is one of continuously finding something new, interesting and different. Patricia Green Cellars exists because of her lifetime of doing what appealed to her and that happened to culminate into vineyard management and winemaking.
Most winery lives don’t ultimately begin growing up on an island 2,500 miles away from what is now home base. It is not that there was a vineyard or winery on Sebascodegan Island in Maine but there was an emphasis on self-reliance, hard work, living off the land and respect for your surroundings that set a tone and tenor not so different from being an effective working winery partner. Working in conjunction with the more free-spirited partner since 1995 has honed an innate sense of quality of things to something where the processes of work, craftsmanship and artisanship result in a specific vision of a vast array of wines. Being peculiar is hardly a personality trait that one casually puts on a resume but non-linear thinking, questioning established ideals, going about things in less than traditional ways and, in general, being somewhat odd has the capacity to serve one well in the stewardship of Pinot Noirs. Majoring in anthropology while minoring in economics is indicative of a mind that willingly fluctuates between a historilogical view of things and the science of why things are they way they are and in that example of a dichotomy there is the essence of a person that wants to explore the interesting and hard to analyze sub-texts of wine by finding ways and methods to illuminate them.
Meet the Team
Melissa Groshong (Right): She has been the main contact person for distributors. She handles all purchase orders and coordinates order logistics. She is the queen of inventory and has been at Patricia Green Cellars for over ten years, so she knows where the bodies are buried, figuratively speaking. Basically if you need something she either knows how to get it or break it gently to you that it is not possible.
Matthew Russell (Center Right): He is the Cellar Master making wines with us since 2007. Moved to Oregon in 1995, with a background in all facets of fine dining including The Heathman, Alberta Street Oyster Bar to name a few. Restaurants are where he formed his passion in wine and the Oregon Wine Industry, meeting Patty Green at a winemaker dinner where he took a position for harvest and the rest is history.
Margaret Barry (Center Left): She took over as Director of Sales a little over a year ago and her focus is primarily oriented around our direct to consumer sales and wine club. Since everyone here wears many hats, she has experience on both sides of the industry having worked at a large retailer in Charlotte, NC as well as a couple other Oregon wineries since 2010.
Caroline Schoonveld (Left): The newest person on staff but with the longest background of 17 years in the Oregon wine industry. Along with Melissa she is there to provide back up, support and to work with our distributors and retailers around the country so they know what is available, what is going on, get necessary information to you and, as well, coordinate clientele visits to Patricia Green Cellars. We have a nifty “by appointment” tasting room now so folks who are coming to visit Oregon can easily set up a visit to the winery year round.
Patty Green (Center)