Here at RAM Cellars, it is our pleasure and honor to bring hand crafted wines to you and yours. We seek to make wines in barrel size lots that are reflective of both the season they were grown and the varietal characteristics of the grapes they contain. We do this through native fermentations on our red wines, minimal inputs and careful treatment in the cellar to bring out the best in each of our wines.
We work with some of the under-hyped Bordeaux varietals in Cabernet Franc and Malbec, as well Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Gruner Veltliner. Utilizing mostly neutral oak or stainless steel aging to accentuate the true varietal flavors of the grapes, we work to develop balanced, approachable wines that exhibit good acidity and aromatics. Our first rosés, as well as a full skin-contact fermented Gewurztraminer will be released in the spring of 2018, and we couldn't be more excited about this!
So, why the name RAM Cellars? The idea started as a combination of the honoring of family initials and the search for a meaningful brand icon for the winery. Our winemaker Rodger’s initials, as well as his late grandfather, whom he is named after, are R A M. The animal the Ram has historically been prominently featured in societies over time, as a symbol of determination, leadership, and protection. The solemn strength of the Ram speaks to our pursuit of quality and it’s quiet majesty is something we strive for in our wines. These factors led to the selection of the brand that is RAM Cellars.
The launch of RAM Cellars was the culmination of number of years of studies and work by winemaker Rodger Marks. An interest in wine turned into a love of wine which turned into an intense curiosity about everything that goes into the production of premium wines. After the ‘aha’ moment at a barrel tasting at Washington State’s Kiona winery many years ago, Rodger took up studies through Washington State University’s extension campus in Prosser, WA on both viticulture and enology, the science of wine winemaking.
Volunteer time at Davenlore winery (Prosser, WA) through the Wazzu programs spread out over several years, as well as a short stint at Montinore (Forest Grove, OR) on weekends during the 2012 harvest season were precursors to a harvest internship at Enso winery in 2013 in Portland, Oregon that turned into a position as cellars master and assistant winemaker, a position Rodger still holds today. Learning from the excellent winemakers at Davenlore, Montinore, and Enso has contributed to Rodger’s winemaking philosophy.
Our wines are produced in SE Portland, utilizing rented space within a larger Portland urban winery at this time. The eventual goal is to open a tasting room in Portland, but in the meantime, you can find our wines on the shelf at retailers and restaurants in Portland and the surrounding area, as well as in Astoria, Oregon; Vancouver, WA;, and Pullman, WA. If you'd like to see our wines in your area, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!