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 landed my first harvest internship, under Patrick Taylor at Cana's Feast in 2009. In 2010, I worked for Thibaud Mandet and Sarah Cabot at WillaKenzie Estate, and then spent the winter pruning and pulling 125 acres of canes with Mike Etzel Jr’s crew. In early 2011, I flew south for harvest under Matt Connell at Akarua, in Central Otago, NZ. I arrived in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California in the summer of 2011, where I worked for Jeff Brinkman at Rhys Vineyards. I completed my third harvest of 2011 back at WillaKenzie Estate. In the late summer of 2012, I travelled to Burgundy to work harvest under Etienne de Montille and Brian Sieve, at Domaine de Montille in Meursault. I returned to Domaine de Montille in the late summer of 2013, and focused ardently on the Chardonnay program. That winter, after my seventh harvest in five years on three continents, I returned home with a vision to craft honest, authentic and riveting Willamette Valley Chardonnay. I began in earnest with one vineyard source in 2014, and now source fruit from multiple sites in the Willamette Valley which are non-irrigated and farmed with great care.
I am grateful to make wine which honors history, grape, time and place. I am honored to continue building upon the legacy of Oregon wine, and I acknowledge that I am standing on the shoulders of giants as I offer you a singular focus on Willamette Valley Chardonnay.
Seth Morgen Long
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