J Daan Wine Cellars


J. Daan Wine Cellars is a family-owned and -operated boutique winery in the Willamette Valley. We produce exceptional local Pinot noirs and Columbia Valley varietals. To us, winemaking is a tribute to simpler living. We hope our wines will play a small part in reconnecting earth, food and family.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Carlton, Oregon.

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Justin and Megan Van Zanten were twenty-three years old when they started J. Daan Wine Cellars. Justin had been working as a cellar assistant at a Willamette Valley winery and envisioned a family winery of his own. He started with a modest 100 cases of 2003 Willamette Valley Pinot noir ($18/bottle). Robert Parker noted Justin's effort, "...the 2003 Pinot noir, his first release, is outstanding..." Today, Justin and Megan produce 1200 cases a year and have added Rhone varietals to their repertoire. Justin's most recent Pinot noir, the 2009 Willamette Valley, was described as "...a primer for what should be looked for in Pinot’s essential elements..." by Oregon Wine Press.

The Van Zanten's have worked to maintain prices that allow a variety of wine lovers to enjoy their wines. Their 2009 Willamette Valley Pinot noir was listed as a “Value Pick” by Oregon Wine Press ($20/bottle). They view winemaking as a tribute to simpler living and hope that their wines will play a part in reconnecting food, family, and the earth. Their own extended family has played a huge part in the project-- offering support, free labor, and lots of good meals.

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Justin and Megan are proud to a part of a wine region that focuses on sustainable and ethical vineyard practices. They believe in small, responsible business so that you can feel good about every sip.

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13301 NE Kuehne Rd
Carlton, Oregon 97111
United States

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