Twill Cellars

United States - Oregon, Willamette Valley

twill cellars is a small Oregon wine project presenting the influence of land, weather and craft in a vinous assembly.

We began twill cellars as a project to explore some of the more unique terroirs in Oregon while employing the three varieties best suited to express the variations of land and vintages that we are hoping to capture (Chardonnay, Pinot noir & Syrah).

We’re a fairly unobtrusive bunch – organic in the fields and very low impact in the winery. All of our wines are sourced from the grape and no procured bulk wine is used in our production. We likely won’t attain Instagram fame or pay too close attention to trend-setting wineries, though our hope is to keep ahead by crafting serious wines that are vineyard and vintage specific from some of the best terroirs in Oregon.

Molly and Darrel Roby began as growers of a small, 2.7-acre vineyard that they planted together in 2000. With the guidance of a stellar foreman, Luis Hernandez, they’ve learned the subtle details in farming for wine and not just fruit. Darrel does day-to-day work in the vineyards while fixing or innovating new equipment for the cellar. Molly handles hospitality and keeps our immeasurable amount of paperwork humming along. When they have the chance, they can be found exploring the great gastronomy in Portland or spending time with their pup Mica, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

Chris Dickson was determined to find a way to travel and get away from writing papers for a while after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill following studies in Psychology and Biology. A while is still present tense and following years of work in wine production around the world for many excellent winemakers – Matello, Evesham Wood, Penner-Ash, Betz Family, Framingham, Landmark, Lammershoek and Dr. Loosen – he continues to hone the quality of wines he crafts. When he’s not scrubbing a tote or moving something to get to something, he’s spending time with his wife Ruth, their four cats, a shovel for yard work and levain for baking.

Jonathan Sundy, our foundational artist, has known Chris since high school in Pittsburgh, PA. When Chris was looking for a designer for this project he happened across Jonathan’s work and discovered he had also settled in Portland. Jonathan’s talent and exceptional fine art ability help bring the essence of twill cellars to life visually.

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