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Jonathan Scott Oberlander, owner and winemaker of J. Scott Cellars, is the epitome of the new generation of Oregon winemakers who utilize a combination of Old World winemaking traditions with New World technology and innovation.
Jonathan received a Master’s in Enology from UC Davis (California) and worked as Associate Winemaker for Bernadus Vineyards and Winery in Monterrey. In 2003 he was offered the position of Assistant Winemaker at Silvan Ridge in Eugene, Oregon, it seemed an opportunity he could not pass up! Jonathan and his wife, Bonnie, sold their home in California and very quickly, the family (including two young daughters) was on its way to Oregon. In 2005, Jonathan was promoted to head the Silvan Ridge winemaking team.
While at Silvan Ridge, in 2005, Jonathan established his own brand, J. Scott Cellars. The first eight years, J. Scott Cellars wine was made at Silvan Ridge as a “custom crush” client. In 2013, we moved into what is the current winery/tasting room space in west Eugene and J. Scott Cellars became Jonathan’s sole winemaking focus. The J. Scott Cellars brand features an extensive menu of extraordinary tasting wines of the Pacific Northwest, with 18 current and past vintages receiving the coveted 90 Pts and above from national publication, “Wine Enthusiast”!
Because we are an urban winery and have no vineyard, we are able to contract with farmers around the state (and in Washington) to purchase grapes that meet Jonathan’s high standards, this means we are not restricted to what grows only in the southern Willamette Valley. For example, we source grapes from the warmer, drier Rogue Valley along the California/Oregon border or head up to Walla Walla in Washington for Bordeaux varietals.
Now, in an exciting addition to the brand, a second tasting room will be opening in January of 2020 at 207 E. 5th Ave., Suite 105, in downtown Eugene’s bustling 5th St. Market District. The new J. Scott Cellars on 5th will provide full wine service, retail bottle and wine related merchandise sales plus a small menu of plates focused on wine friendly, quality foods. The current Tasting Room located within the working winery is only able to open to the public Friday evenings and Saturdays, as well as closing in early fall during grape harvest and crush season. This additional location on 5th Street will allow guests to enjoy J. Scott Cellars wine seven days a week, all year long. The original Winery Tasting Room location on Commercial St. will continue with its current Friday and Saturday hours in the WestSide Warehouse District.