Roots Wine Company

Year Established: 2002
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Viticulture: Sustainable
Vinification: Indigenous yeasts

We’ve had the privilege of representing Roots Wines in California since 2012. Chris Berg, a native of Wisconsin, planted seven acres of Pinot Noir in 1999 on a 20-acre property near Yamhill in the Yamhill-Carlton District of the Willamette Valley. He harvested his first vintage in 2002 to make 72 cases of Pinot Noir. 
Roots currently produces approximately 5,000 cases a year. Wines include the flagship Roots Estate Pinot Noir as well as several single vineyard-designate Pinot Noirs which are sourced mostly from neighboring vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Other main varieties under the Roots label include an estate Pinot Gris and a Chardonnay for which the fruit is sourced from a neighbor. A secondary cuvee, Crosshairs Pinot Noir, is a blend of juice that doesn’t quite make the cut to go into the single-vineyard bottlings, making for a high-quality everyday drinking Pinot at an affordable price. 
Additionally, in an homage to one of his favorite artists, Paul Klee, Chris makes another label, Klee, which actually makes up the largest portion of the case production at 2,000 cases made annually. The artwork on the label is an adaptation of an obscure Klee painting.