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Grochau Cellars

Grochau Cellars 2022 Convivial Tempranillo

Founder Focus: John Grochau

GC Wines Founder and Head Winemaker, John Grochau made his way to wine organically, starting first in fine dining restaurants in Portland, namely the legendary Higgins, and learning to make wine under the guidance of Willamette Valley greats.

In 2002, he founded Grochau Cellars, his eponymous wine label, where he could explore the production of food-friendly wines reminiscent of place. More than twenty years later, John has become well known in the Oregon wine industry as a friend, compatriot and community builder.

He has lent his expertise to countless winemaking endeavors and prioritized strong relationships with growers across the state. After reflecting on more than two decades in the business, he shortened the name to GC Wines to reflect the brand’s evolution from one person’s dream to a dream realized and a much bigger family.

Grochau Cellars

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Grochau Cellars, Amity, Oregon
2022 Convivial Tempranillo

Always looking to blaze a new trail stylistically, John and his team decided to produce this Tempranillo with Beaujolais-like production methods utilizing two delightfully different fruit sources. Think you know Tempranillo? Check this baby out...

Bright and dynamic, the Convivial wines are best enjoyed with merry conversation and happy company. The idea behind this project is to make wines that are fresh, energetic, and bursting with fruit!

Vineyard Notes: 40% Zenith Vineyard, Eola-Amity AVA. 60% Threemile Vineyard, Columbia Gorge AVA.

Production Notes: Each vineyard was fermented separately, using carbonic maceration, then foot treaded. We combined the wines from both vineyards into a stainless steel tank where it completed fermentation and malolactic. Aged for 5 months before bottling.

190 Cases Produced

A Cellar 503 selection in February 2024, Founder Focus Oregon | Tempranillo