Greetings! We are your tour guides for your Oregon guided wine tours.
We just wanted to give you a little background on who we are and why you should choose Cellar Door Wine Tours while visiting Oregon’s wine country.
I (Helen) am a Colorado native, but I’ve lived in the Portland area on and off since 1997. Mark grew up in the Northwest near Seattle and has also lived in the Portland area since 1998.
We met in 1999 while I was managing a local restaurant near Portland, and Mark was a beer and wine salesman. It was love at first sight. Our first date was at a local beer and wine festival, and we never looked back.
We eventually ended up here in Newberg, Oregon, the heart of wine country, in June of 2009. By then our closest family members had established a thriving vineyard named Whistling Ridge Vineyards, located in the heart of the Chehalem Mountains in the Ribbon Ridge American Viticultural Area (AVA).
We decided this is where we wanted to raise our family and be close to the ones nearest and dearest to our hearts. It’s one of our greatest joys to be a part of the vineyard life here in the Willamette Valley. One of our favorite activities is watching the vineyards change with the seasons.
At the end of each season, as we head into December, we have a “Progressive Dinner” hosted by three separate wineries in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Here we get to eat, drink and be merry with all our friends and reminisce about another year, another vintage in the making, and quietly ponder what the next year will bring.
Since living here in Newberg, I has stepped down from my role as a business owner and manager in the restaurant industry. It was time to build our family, but I did accept a position at the Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn and Spa, a 4-Star Resort, in Newberg, Oregon. While at the Jory Restaurant, I’ve had the luxury of gaining connections with and being trained by the best sommeliers, chefs and wine distributors in the wine industry.
At the same time, Mark brought out his pencil again and started drawing. Along with an Art degree in drawing, Mark received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Central Washington University.
His talents were obvious as a child, and truly has a gift for producing very detailed drawings that are mistaken often if not always, as photographs. Focusing on a series of drawings revolving around the culture here in wine country, Mark has personal fine art pieces and free lance work that keeps him very busy through out the year drawing.
Mark also has over 9 years experience in the Beer and Wine sales industry throughout the Portland area in Oregon and in Denver, Colorado. His passion for serving and presenting beer and wine pairings with culinary treats is one of his favorite things to do day in and day out.
Attributing that passion to his study of Geography in college, he truly believes in the connection that wine and beer have to their landscapes and thriving communities. Mark truly is a talented and gifted touring professional and warm hearted human being.
So one day – literally – We decided to jump into the Oregon guided wine tours business and become wine tour guides. With Helen’s background in wine, food, and customer service, and Mark’s background in management, beer and wine sales, as well being a locally renown artist, we figured we can share ourselves and our experiences by offering people who are coming to this area an exclusive wine touring experience that is unique and memorable by offering something exquisitely different than what other companies offer.
As your tour guides we offer Oregon guided wine tours bringing you to “Destination” and “Boutique” Wineries. Sharing our enthusiasm for wine, food, art, from a unique and truly local perspective while catering to your needs and wants. Setting us apart from other Oregon guided wine tours.