Statera Cellars is owned and operated by two friends, Meredith Bell and Luke Wylde. Since 2014, it has been our mission to make delicious, honest Chardonnay from the most distinct vineyards in our region
We are one of the only wineries in the Willamette Valley to exclusively make Chardonnay—we love the grape and want to showcase its potential and diversity in the Pacific Northwest. Our wines are made using natural and traditional winemaking practices, resulting in wines that are compelling and markedly alive.
We work with farmers who are true stewards of the land, who see the vineyard as part of an ecosystem, and do their best to grow grapes in a way that respects and celebrates diversity. We genuinely believe that these farmers get most of the credit for the quality of our wine.
“We need to go forward, but progress isn’t always a straight line or a smooth path.”
- Barack Obama
Each month, we give $1000 right back to our community. Check out who our beneficiaries have been right down here (sometimes we donate more than once to the same organization!)👇
Statera Cellars is owned and operated by two friends, Meredith Bell and Luke Wylde
Luke travelled around the world chasing down the perfect vintage, so it seems odd that his relationship with wine started by avoiding a keg stand at a college party. Among half empty bottles of booze and beer was a bottle of cheap Petite Sirah, the likes of which he’d never heard of. Naturally, he gave it the ol' college try - from a red Solo cup. Besides communion, this iteration of Durif was his first wine and this strange grape demanded further investigation. That first taste and subsequent sleuthing, says a lot about how Luke pursues wine now. His taste is varied but he still tends to lean towards wines from regions, producers, grapes & styles he is unfamiliar with. That curiosity in the strange and unknown drove him to quit a lucrative, moderately successful career in live T.V. (check out his IMDB sometime) to pursuit a career in wine. That career has taken him around the world twice and involved him working 5 vintages in other countries, 8 harvests here in Oregon, and guided him to start Statera Cellars in 2014 with Meredith Bell. Luke is now daylighting as the Associate Winemaker for Abbey Road Farm and is thrilled to discover the natural cycle of the eponymous estate vineyard as it matures. In the mean time, he will continue to enjoy this wonderful life with his wife, Jocelyn, and their dog, Hatchet.
Meredith is a native Oregonian, born and raised just outside of Portland. As a teenager, she sought out diversity and sunshine in her move to study biochemistry at UCLA. Her continued pursuit for diversity, and apparently sunshine, brought her to Mauritania, where she served as a Peace Corps volunteer. It was there, in an Islamic Republic, where alcohol was illegal, that she realized that her interest in wine was more than just hobby. Upon her return to the states, she worked her first harvest in Elkton, Oregon, for retired chemists, and was hooked. From there, she studied wine at UC Davis, where she met her husband and some of her best friends. Besides her love of wine and food itself, she was drawn to wine both because it is this magical intersection of nature, science, art, food, and history and because it so eloquently expresses place and time. After nearly a decade outside of Oregon, she was ready to come home, and make wine in her place, where her family had been for three generations. Since 2013 Meredith has been back home, making wine, and farming.
Our winery is proud to be supported by Vinebase, a Public Benefit Corporation.See how a purchase from Statera Cellars is helping Vinebase build a bright future for independent producers.