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Idiot's Grace

Winery, Vineyards & Tasting Room

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

Idiot's Grace sign

About Us

Beautiful wines from the heart of the Northwest.

We are a small-production, family-owned organic estate winery located in one of America’s most fascinating appellations, the Columbia Gorge AVA.

As “minimalists” we strive to produce wines that 1) accurately reflect each vintage, 2) are true expressions of each grape variety, and 3) that are true to our respective vineyard sites.

We employ oak sparingly and seek “freshness” by avoiding over-extraction. Our wines are typically lower in alcohol because we can harvest before sugars reach unnecessarily high levels. All of these efforts combine to produce “bright” and refreshing wines designed to complement the food at your table. We seek to honor the “old-world” traditions of winemaking.

Led by Vineyardist/Cellarmaster Brian McCormick, our small team believes in stewardship of the land in our vineyards, which are located on both the Oregon (Mosier) and Washington (Lyle) banks of the Columbia River – all within a National Scenic Area.

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.