ABOUT MORGEN LONG
Born in North Carolina, my family moved from Massachusetts to the Willamette Valley when I was 9 years old. Nearly 20 years later, in the midst of two years of study with the International Sommelier Guild, I moved from Eugene to Portland and landed my first harvest internship in 2009.. That winter, I worked tasting rooms, began trading rare wines, read and tasted wines incessantly. After the 2010 harvest, I was on a winter vineyard crew. In early 2011, I flew south for harvest in Central Otago, NZ. I arrived in Santa Cruz Mountains, California that summer. Corks were pulled on profound wines, as we vinified thoughtful, and amazing wines. I worked hard, and asked a lot of questions, the most important of which revealed a doorway to Burgundy. I bought Rosetta Stone that night. I returned to the Willamette Valley for a late 2011 harvest, and all winter, I practiced French. In the fall of 2012, over three and a half thrilling months in Meursault, I took copious notes, and asked many questions. Mostly, we spoke English. I was welcomed back in 2013, and spent three months concentrating on Chardonnay. Back in the Willamette Valley in 2014, sufficiently motivated, and completely inspired, I purchased barrels and sourced fruit from one vineyard. In 2016, I worked with three farmers. In 2017, I pulled fruit from six sites. In 2018, I will work with five farmers. I only produce Oregon Chardonnay from unique sites in the Willamette Valley.
Morgen Long Willamette Valley Chardonnay is crafted with my own hands at Lingua Franca.