“Husband and wife team Stewart and Athena Boedecker couldn’t agree on what style of Pinot noir to make. She likes rich and muscular; he wants delicacy and refinement. So they make two Pinot noir blends, both outstanding and in decent quantities. They also cost less than many comparable Oregon wines.” – Wine Spectator
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Stewart and Athena fell in love with Pinot noir while dating many, many years ago. They read, took courses, imbibed and interned until ultimately they founded Boedecker Cellars in 2003.
After 5 years at crafting wines at Oregon’s first shared use winery, they built their urban winery in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland – just a stone’s throw from downtown and less than an hour from their vineyards. Dedicated to the winemaking, when you visit Boedecker Cellars today you will likely encounter Stewart and Athena in the cellar tasting through barrels and tending their wines.
Stewart is a lover of the classic Oregon Pinot Noir, aromatically brilliant, full of red fruit flavors, subtle notes of bramble and olive wood, complex and focused with structure to age indefinitely. His fascination with and passion for Oregon Pinot Noir began when in 1992 Stewart made wine while at Cornell University. In Oregon, he later volunteered in exchange for knowledge at a number of well-established Oregon wineries, enrolled in winemaking classes at UC Davis and Chemeketa CC and eventually founded Boedecker Cellars with Athena in 2003. And while Stewart still works at his day job, he’s passion for pinot remains solid as the day he first began.
Athena loves depth, intensity that interplay with the complexity and transparency in Pinot noir. She also she loves to climb the barrels, stir the wines, and drive the forklift. A native Portlander with a Greek heritage; to say winemaking is her passion falls short; winemaking is her identity.
TRADITION AND SCIENCE
Guided by both tradition and science, we practice natural, traditional methods; minimal intervention is the word, hands off combined with attention to detail is our way. Everything we do is literally by hand, from harvesting, sorting, stirring and filling barrels. Lab analysis is done by nose; smell. Fermenting with native yeasts from the vineyard highlights the characteristics of each vineyard, bringing every aspect of terroir into the cellar.
Over the years we have grown into a small community of dedicated people – a little crazy and full of passion, who help out in the cellar when large projects arise. While Stewart and Athena make the wine, we cannot do it all ourselves. If titles could be used, Stewart would be our Enologist, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Athena would be titled Winemaker, Cellar Master and GM. Our cellar and harvest team is not titled for they too do a little bit of everything. They are part of our Boedecker Cellars family, and during the heart of harvest friends and family and an occasional terrific Wine Club member participates in the passion of making Pinot too.