The story of our family owned and operated vineyard and winery began in Seattle. Our winemaker, Sarah Cabot, and business and vineyard manager David Moore, met while working at restaurants in the emerald city. Feeling unsettled in their career choices and driven by a desire to build rather than circulate, they made a change.
Sarah went back to school at Washington’s Northwest Wine Academy to follow her passion for wine production. In 2007, she and David, drawn by their enthusiasm for both Pinot Noir and the white wines being produced in Oregon, made their way south. Sarah worked her first Oregon harvest at Belle Pente under the generous and watchful guidance of mentor Brain O’Donnell. In 2008 they bought their first ton of grapes, made their first wine and haven’t looked back since.
Inspired by the zeal, energy and dedication of Sarah and David, David’s parents Bill and Staci Moore (who themselves had fallen in love with Oregon and its wines), founded Omero Cellars with Sarah and David by their side. Together they found the perfect piece of property in exactly the location they wanted to plant, the heart of the Northern Willamette Valley’s Ribbon Ridge appellation. That piece of land was, incidentally, not officially for sale but through perseverance, persistence and an inability to take “no” for an answer it soon became their home and future location for the Omero Estate vineyard. Six months later the first vines were planted on the property.
David, who lives on the property with his wife Amanda, takes pride in learning about and tending to the land. Through keen observation, an inquisitive mind and an adventurous spirit he has come to identify the microclimates of the 50 acre property and formulated a farming philosophy around them. Through the same attention to detail, Sarah has begun the life-long journey of understanding the fruit from the property as well as the other vineyards we work with. She is constantly adapting to and discovering how best to tend to the fruit in the winery and in doing so learns to best way to communicate with the fruit and the vineyards it come from. Helping it to itself in its most individual and exquisite way; creating wines with balance, elegance and finesse which convey a sense of place and tell a story, our story.
For us it’s about Oregon first and foremost. We aren’t trying to replicate Burgundy; we are aiming to represent Oregon. Our soils are unique, our climate is unique, our fruit is unique and we are unique. It is our most sincere wish to share that individuality through our wines. We also believe in the aging potential of both the white and the red wines of this valley as well as the acid driven food-friendly nature of them and we seek to highlight those aspects in everything we make.
The estate is farmed consciously with the health and natural cycle of the vineyard and its ecosystem in mind with a focus on maintaining the natural bio-diversity of the land through minimal intervention, native cover crops and the integration of livestock. We are proud and honored to make and share Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from our estate vineyard and from select vineyards throughout the valley.