In 2009, having spent more than a decade in the global wine industry, I made the decision to start up Rocky Point Cellars. My goal was and still is that of producing a bottle of uncompromising wine utilizing the wonderful connections, lessons of labor, and a passion for quality that I have gained along my journey in wine thus far. My decision to begin the project came only after securing a prime lot of Pinot Noir from one of my favorite vineyards in the Willamette Valley - the Le Cadeau (Black Hole) Vineyard. The Rocky Point brand has continued to carefully grow - slowly and surely, with the thoughtful addition of small lots of premium fruit from truly exceptional vineyards.
The premier vintage - 2010! I met Tom & Deb Mortimer, owners of the Le Cadeau Vineyard and Winery, through my day job selling ERMITAGE barrels. This incredible couple summarizes the love and dedication that this region's reputation is built on. They graciously invited me into their home, vineyard, cellar, and soon after agreed to provide me with an acre of beautiful Pommard growing on the rockiest hillside I have yet to find in Oregon. We call the block Lot 50 - an homage to my family who homesteaded the steepest lot of granite and tamarack on what would later become Rocky Point on Priest Lake in the wonderland of the Northern Selkirk range.
We continue to grow and learn with each passing vintage and we hope this shines through in the quality of the wines you'll find at Rocky Point Cellars. In March, we relocated the cellar to Carlton where we are thrilled to be working with Dave Grooters and Steve Ryan.
Thank you to all who have supported this effort through your advice, your kind words of encouragement, and by purchasing and sharing the wine.
Amy's career in the wine industry occurred absolutely by chance after finishing up an MBA and moving to Hong Kong for a job with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. It was at a dinner party in Hong Kong that Amy was offered the opportunity to move to Beijing as the Director of Key Account Sales for China's largest wine importer. Over the next several years Amy was introduced to some of the world’s best wine producers and found her true love in Pinot Noir – from Oregon. A Northwest native and ready to return to clean air and abundant recreation, Amy accepted a position with the French cooperage ERMITAGE Tonnellerie as sales manager for Washington, Oregon, the Central Coast of California, and Asia. The move back from China to the NW was the trigger that enabled Amy to start her Pinot Noir project - Rocky Point - a gathering point of family, friends, and spirit.