After years of working with other people, we were finally able to realize the dream of creating the winery we’d always imagined. One where the quality of the wines is consistently high, but their price isn’t. Where the staff and growers are honored for the heart and soul they put into the work they do and where the customers are welcomed as friends.
Rob Stuart is a Pacific Northwest veteran winemaker; both his personality and his winemaking style are warm and accessible. His wife Maria loves to cook for friends old and new, but her day job includes the winery’s Marketing, Hospitality and Public Relations.
We focus our winemaking primarily on Pinot noir, Pinot gris, and our two brut sparkling wines Rosé d’Or and Bubbly, with a handful of other endeavors thrown in the mix. All our wines taste of the place they are from and are authentic, approachable, intriguing and perfectly balanced to pair with food.
Whether we harvest the grapes from our own land or one of the many vineyards we work with, R. Stuart is deeply invested in the quality of the fruit. After decades in this business, we have developed close working relationships with lots of growers. We’ve carefully chosen our very favorite vineyards; the ones that give us fruit in a wide range of textures and flavors. Each harvest we gather these lots of fruit from around the Valley and thoughtfully blend them into wines that – year in and year out – stay true to our style.
The wines with the Big Fire label—Pinot gris, Pinot noir and Tempranillo—are fresh, lively and friendly, intended for everyday drinking. The Love, Oregon wines are crafted in homage to the pioneering spirit of Oregonians then and now. Somehow they bring out the romantic in us every time. Our Reserve and specialty wines generally bear the more traditional R. Stuart & Co. label. These include classic Pinot noirs designed to marry the best of Burgundian and New World winemaking styles.
Our winery is located in the heart of Oregon wine country, downtown McMinnville. Largely regarded as “the Beaune of the New World”, McMinnville is the ideal location for a production winery, sans vineyards.
In addition to our winery in a converted granary, we also have a Wine Bar a few blocks away on the historic main street. Here we welcome people from near and far, to taste our wines, linger over a glass, and purchase wine to take home. More than a tasting room, the R. Stuart & Co. Wine Bar perfectly embodies our philosophy that wine should be enjoyed with friends and good food.