Grochau Cellars

503.522.2455 2621 NW 30th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
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John Grochau was first introduced to wine and the winemaking landscape in his early 20’s, while racing bicycles for a French team in the Loire Valley. For several years, he raced through some of France’s most revered winemaking regions including Champagne, Burgundy and the across the Loire Valley. When he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he went to work in the restaurant business and quickly discovered an even greater appreciation for wine.
After more than decade selling wine in some of Portland’s finest restaurants, including a 14-year stint at Higgins, Grochau plunged into winemaking. He spent a year in Sonoma before returning to Oregon to work at Erath Winery, and then worked alongside winemaker Doug Tunnel at Brick House Vineyards for four years. His first vintage as owner and winemaker at Grochau Cellars was 2002.
With Grochau’s restaurant experience, there was a natural progression as a winemaker to craft food-friendly wines that enhance Read more »

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of ... ... mouthwatering finish. Grochau Cellars 2013 Tempranillo ($28)This Tempranillo was made from fruit sourced at Sugarloaf vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Red cherry aromas and bits of cigar box are apparent on the nose. The palate is stuffed with lush red fruits, savo... Read More

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  • Hello All,We're traveling from Portland to Napa along the Oregon Coast. Would love your recommendations for:1.  An exceptional vineyard tasting room near McMinnville.2. An association or coop, or other tasting facility that represents numerous Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs, again near McMinnville.Thanks very much, Carbonunit1 Read More

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  • I am a dyed in the wool fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots, Sangiovese's and a few Chardonnays and Pinot Grigio's. I am trying to widen my spectrum to include Pinot Noir's. I live in the Pacific Northwest so the Pinot Noir's are readily available due to the large varieties from Oregon.Before I embark on purchasing some different brands I would l... Read More

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  • Grochau Cellars Tinto 2009


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  • Grochau Cellars Syrah Rogue Valley 2009


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  • Grochau Cellars Red Claret 2008


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  • Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter Cuvee 2009


    Easy to drink, smooth Pinot. Not much complexity, but pleasant in the palate for sipping. Rhubarb, cherries. Read More

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  • Grochau Cellars Pinot Noir 2006


    Pretty disappointing. A bit harsh without any memorable notes. A hint of cranberry. Read More

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  • Grochau Cellars Red Claret NV


    Picked up this Red @ a smart little deli in Hood River, OR on my way home from Boise - great Claret for under $20/bottle! Bright color, earthy and well rounded, refreshingly drinakable out of the bottle; berry, cherry notes without being overly jammy, just complicated enough to be interesting but not overly demanding; slightly tart on the first... Read More

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  • I'm looking for some good wineries to tour in the northern region of the Willamette Valley, preferably between Portland, Salem and the coast. Any suggestions? (Relatively low tasting prices are a plus, but I'm open to anything you have to recommend.) Read More

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