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Idiot's Grace

Winery, Vineyards & Tasting Room

541-399-5259
8450 Hwy 30, Mosier, OR

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About Us

We are an organic estate winery …

… on a journey to produce the finest wine expressions of the Columbia Gorge AVA.

We are dedicated to farming grapes that express the essence of our magnificent region and reflect each specific vintage while allowing each grape variety to accurately express itself.

We are minimalists – determined that excessive oak, high alcohol, and over-extraction not detract from the freshness and fruit flavors that our region can deliver. As a small family business, we honor the “old world” tradition in every sense and seek only to satisfy ourselves, not critics. We also see wine as food and believe our wines are well-suited for your table.

Led by vineyardist/winemaker Brian McCormick, our staff believes that great wine is made in the vineyard. We respectfully farm our vineyard sites on both Oregon and Washington sides of the Columbia River.

Brian McCormick

Brian McCormick

Bookish and a bit reclusive, Brian describes his task as “working, with real humility, to deliver wines of originality and fidelity to the growing site.” He draws inspiration primarily from an array of small, “old world” grower-producers, particularly in France’s Alsace, Loire, and Beaujolais regions and across Italy. Having fallen in love with good food and wine as a religion major in college, Brian went on to study winemaking and earned a graduate degree in Horticulture from the University of California at Davis. His early experience included work at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace and three vintages as a viticulturist in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. With his family, he farms grapes, cherries, and pears at Idiot’s Grace, the certified organic farm in Mosier, Oregon since 2002.

Rob and Barbara McCormick

Rob McCormick

Rob McCormick founded Idiot’s Grace (originally known as “Memaloose”) on his ranch in Lyle, Washington in 2002. Drawing on a career of management and consulting in the food industry, he leads the business and continues to farm estate vineyards on the Washington side of the Columbia. His wife, Barbara, a former chef in California, provides inspiration and guidance. Their three children (in addition to Brian) have each seen duty as the business has grown.