Owner & Winemaker - Jonathan Scott Oberlander
The Story of J. Scott Cellars
Jonathan Scott Oberlander is the epitome of the new generation of Oregon winemakers who utilize a combination of Old World winemaking traditions with New World technology and innovation.
It was at San Diego State University that Jonathan first developed an appreciation for wine. After graduation, with a degree in Business, he began his career selling wine for Young's Market Company. After several visits to wineries in Napa and Sonoma, Jonathan fell in love with “the smell of the cellar”.
In 1994, in what some family members perceived as a lapse in good judgment, Jonathan quit his sales job and followed his girlfriend, Bonnie (now his wife) to UC Davis to pursue a Master's degree in Enology. Jonathan spent two years at Davis as a full time student while also managing a local restaurant/brewery.
In 1996, Jonathan learned that California State University Fresno was about to open its new student winery, the only university in the country to hold such a distinction. The students not only grew the grapes, but also made and sold the wine. This was an opportunity not to be missed! The practical skills learned there proved to be invaluable.
In 1998, Jonathan was hired as the Assistant Winemaker at Bernardus Vineyards and Winery in Monterey, California and by 2001 was named Associate Winemaker. Under the tutelage of Burgundian trained winemakers, Don Blackburn and Davis trained Mark Chesebro, Jonathan honed his skills making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and all the Bordeaux varietals.
When in 2003 he was offered the position of Assistant Winemaker at Silvan Ridge in Eugene, Oregon, it seemed an opportunity he could not pass up! Jonathan and Bonnie sold their home in California and very quickly, the family (including two young daughters) was on its way to Oregon. In 2005, Jonathan was promoted to head the Silvan Ridge winemaking team.
While at Silvan Ridge, in 2005, Jonathan established his own brand, J. Scott Cellars. In 2013, he moved into what is the current winery/tasting room space in a warehouse in west Eugene and J. Scott Cellars became his sole winemaking focus. The J. Scott Cellars brand features extraordinary wines of the Pacific Northwest, with 18 current and past vintages receiving the coveted 90 Pts and above from national publication, “Wine Enthusiast”!
“It is our belief that wine is a form of consumable art, where no two pieces are ever exactly alike. Rather, each wine is a "snap-shot" of the growing season, mixed with specific varietal characteristics unique to each grape and a small amount of human intervention. Each of our wines represents a singular artistic expression of the winemaker.”
Working hard and having fun making you a bottle of delicious J. Scott Cellars wine!
We are part of a local west Eugene collaboration with breweries, wineries and a distillery. Five great tasting rooms within two miles of each other (Viking Braggot Brewery and Noble Estate Urban are right next door to make the party even easier). All of our fellow collaborators produce great products and offer comfortable tasting rooms. Come tour the "Westside" of Eugene!