Mustard Seed Cellars

1645 Brozio Rd., Roseburg, Oregon

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Welcome to Mustard Seed Cellars

New Beginnings

November 20, 2016

Welcome to Mustard Seed Cellars.  Our winery is family-owned and we are excited to announce, that after four years of planting, harvesting, making wine and much more, we are finally opening our first tasting room.

Our journey has been most unusual, but it is ours and we are most grateful.  If someone had told us we would even consider going into the wine business a few years ago, we would have said they were crazy.  But, the passion for wine sparked and took hold.  So, now here we are in Roseburg, OR and a new adventure has begun.

The love for wine started with wine tasting here and there in both Washington and Oregon.  The more we experienced tasting different varietals, vintages and began learning about the importance of terrior and so much more, our passion grew.

In 2012, very unexpectedly, an opportunity opened to move us to Walla Walla, WA.  It would mean a significant life change, but it would put us much closer to out first three grandchildren and that was a great motivator to take the risk.  The economy had not yet recovered at that time and Gary found finding employment a challenge for the first time in his life.  After a few months, with Dawn's encouragement, he began volunteering at a local Walla Walla Winery.  And, this is where his new career ignited.  Like dominoes, one by one, pieces began falling into place.  Within three months of his first volunteering at a winery, he found himself enrolled at the Walla Walla Enology and Viticulture Program at Walla Walla Community College (Which, by the way is one of the nation's leading 2yr. Enology and Viticulture Programs). 

Gary worked steadfastly and studied hard.  He had one amazing opportunity after another at some of the finest wineries in Walla Walla, as well as at school.  While in the program, he planted his first vineyard at home.  He would go to class and then come home and put directly into practice what he was learning. 

We decided near the end of his schooling that we were going to begin making wine and we sourced grapes from some of the best vineyards in the Walla Walla AVA.  We made two vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon from the "Rocks of Milton Freewater", a Malbec from Cockburn Vineyard and we have a Chardonnay from White Salmon Vineyard on the Oregon side of the Gorge.

So, then in late 2014, we received the most unexpected news and everything was called into question.  We began praying, because that's what we do and just a few months later, again we found that we would be moving to Roseburg, OR.  The transition from having a legal and approved WA winery that was moving to OR was tumultuous.  It took 7 months to sell our home and vineyard, and it took another 9 months to get all the licenses, permits, and bureaucratic approvals.  And, yes, it was like giving birth to a whole new life.

This brings us to late fall 2016.  We have done all the work and labor in bringing our wine to Roseburg, OR and in getting our tasting room built and ready to go.  We open on Friday of Thanksgiving Weekend and we are so thankful and excited to begin selling the wines we have made by faith. 

Our hope is that we will begin further wine production next harvest in the Umpqua Valley.

Cheers!  We hope you will visit.

 


 

 

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