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Omero Cellars

Omero are a small family-owned winery, located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA of Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. It was founded in 2008 by Bill and Staci Moore and their son David, who is the Vineyard Manager. Back then David was working in restaurants in Seattle and met Sarah Cabot. They reassessed their careers and Sarah followed her passion and went to Northwest Wine Academy to study winemaking. David and Sarah were both drawn to Oregon by the exciting Pinot Noir and white wines that were being produced there, so in 2007 they made their way south. The following year they bought their first ton of Pinot Noir grapes, made their first wine at Belle Pente where Sarah was working as a winemaker, and that was it – they were off! This was when David and his parents, who were also drawn to Oregon and were inspired by their son's and Sarah's enthusiasm, began looking for a vineyard site and, having found it, established Omero. The vineyard was started from scratch, planting in 2009 at elevations between 350 and 550 ft above sea level. Omero predominantly cultivate Pinot Noir, but Pinot Gris and Chardonnay are also grown on their estate and they also source fruit from other selected vineyards in the valley. They farm with sustainable biodynamic principles. Ribbon Ridge is the smallest AVA in Oregon, completely contained within the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The climate is maritime, but is slightly warmer where they are situated in the northern part of the valley. The soils are mainly marine sediment, part of the Willakenzie series, a mustard-tinted silty clay-loam soil on which Pinot Noir thrives; the Willamette Valley is recognised as one of the world's premier locations for producing Pinot Noir, and Omero cultivate clones of Pommard, Wädenswil, Dijon 113, 114 and 115. Sarah was Omero's principle winemaker until 2104 and now works at Precept wines. At this time Omero's parent company became the Craft Wine Company, who were founded in 2014 and also produce the Origin and Minimus label wines. Omero are known for their intense wines, which are crafted without additives and with minimal intervention practised in the cellar, with the main aim of letting the wines tell the story of Oregon, with its unique soils and climate, and the unique fruit these create.