Born in North Carolina, my family relocated 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, working for Patrick Taylor, at Cana's Feast. That winter, I worked tasting rooms, began trading, and methodically tasting, wines. After the 2010 harvest working for Thibaud Mandet at WillaKenzie Estate, I spent the winter working with the vineyard crew there pruning and pulling canes. In early 2011, I flew south for harvest at Akarua, in Central Otago, NZ before arriving in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California that summer. I worked for Jeff Brinkman at Rhys Vineyards, where, in between corks being pulled on many profound wines, my understanding of vinification and viticulture improved exponentially. I worked harder, and asked better questions, the most important of which basically revealed a doorway to Burgundy. I completed my third harvest of 2011 back in the Willamette Valley, as Thibaud Mandet asked me to come help at the last minute at WillaKenzie Estate. In the fall of 2012, I was lucky enough to help vinify Pinot noir and Chardonnay at Domaine de Montille in Meursault. I was welcomed back to de Montille in 2013, and spent the harvest quite focused on Chardonnay. I returned home that winter with a vision to craft wines with a singular focus.
In 2014, I began sourcing Chardonnay from one farmer. In 2016, I worked with three farmers. By 2017, I sourced Chardonnay from six unique sites, each of which is farmed thoughtfully and has a story to tell.
I'm grateful to share my vision of Willamette Valley Chardonnay with the world.
-Seth Morgen Long