Beginnings

It all began with a simple vision: growing grapes in a landscape that inspires. Dr. Robert Gross and his wife Corrine felt so strongly about this vision that they committed completely, despite thriving careers in medicine and social work and a growing family. The beauty of the Coastal Range to the West and the deep connection to the soil they worked each day instilled a farmer’s appreciation for the Willamette Valley and the labor is takes to grow their fruit.

First they were strictly growers, selling their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes in the Old Vines Vineyard, as it came to be called. Then in 1987, the family produced a Pinot Noir as their first 

label from the estate vineyard. Now Cooper Mountain Vineyards produces 7 varietals under 3 labels. 

From the beginning, Cooper Mountain embraced holistic farming practices and became a leader in the winemaking industry for organic and biodynamic production. The notion of restoring the land that produces the crops made perfect sense. We take and we give back. In 1995 Cooper Mountain was certified organic by Oregon Tilth and in 1999 earned biodynamic certification be Demeter, the largest international certification organization.

Our Family

Family is the core of our identity. It is the heartbeat of our business. Cooper Mountain begins with one family and continues to tell the tale with our second generation and our extended winemaking family. Our passion for winemaking keeps us grounded and grateful for our four decades in the Willamette Valley.

The Innovator, Bob Gross

The Connector, Barbara Gross

Born in NYC, Bob and his wife travelled west in 1976 with their 3 children in tow. His love of Pinot Noir landed them in Oregon. Bob lives on one of the vineyard sites and still splits his time between a natural medicine practice and Cooper Mountain. His innovative vision continues to guide his dedicated team.

From an early age Barbara Gross walked the rows of Pinot Noir on the family estate. Post university she joined the family business and never looked back.  Currently she serves at the helm as Operations Director of Cooper Mountain and has held multiple board seats in the valley. She’s die-hard committed to a future for winemaking and winegrowing in the Willamette Valley. bgross@coopermountainwine.com

The Poet, Gilles de Domingo

The Optimist, Gerry Sanchez

Gilles de Domingo began his winemaking career at his family’s estate in Bordeaux.  After receiving a degree in Viticulture he travelled the world in pursuit of fine wine. Gilles worked in wineries in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa before finding Oregon. He’s been part of the Cooper Mountain family since 2004. gilles@coopermountainwine.com

For more than three decades, Gerry Sanchez has watched over and tended to the vines on Cooper Mountain. A veteran of the valley, Gerry keeps the acres running while managing oversight of the organic and biodynamic production. Gerry and his team feel all of the seasons in the unique climate of the Northwest.

The Maestro, Charles Hesson

The Charm, Kayla Ryan

Charles Hesson, Director of Hospitality

Charles spent summers on a Texas farm, marveling at fruit preservation in clay. With a 25-year restaurant career, he shifted to wineries, diving deeper into wine knowledge. His love for wine arises from its history, agricultural origins, and the artistry and chemistry of winemaking. Charles is a seasoned veteran in the Oregon wine industry, with a rich background in hospitality and a deep understanding of the winemaking process. 

charles@arborbrookwines.com

Kayla Ryan,  Tasting Room Manager

Kayla brings a wealth of experience from the Southern Oregon wine industry, encompassing both production and hospitality. With a background rooted in the process of winemaking a dedication to creating memorable guest experiences, Kayla is known for her welcoming and sweet demeanor. She is excited to share her expertise and enthusiasm for one with all who visit. Come visit and let Kayla share her favorite bottle of Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir with you.
kayla@coopermountainwine.com

The Spirit, Angelina Pike-Fey

The Vivacity, Sara Sacco

Angelina Pike-Fey, Wine Club Manager

Angelina is no stranger to the Oregon wine industry, she has shaped it growth for decades. Angelina has been at our sister property Arborbrook since it’s inception. As a innovator and pioneer of the Oregon wine story she joins us as Wine Club Manager in her next chapter at Arborbrook and Cooper Mountain. Angelina and her husband own and operate Fey Longhorn Farms in neighboring Yamhill, Oregon. Angelina enjoys cooking and creating wine pairings with our wines. 

angelina@arborbrookwines.com

Sara Sacco,  Tasting Room Lead

Sara grew up in the Willamette Valley where she quickly developed a love and gratitude for the abundance of the colorful and vast agriculture and viticulture scenes Oregon has to offer. Sara obtained her degree in communication with a focus on economics from Portland State University. She happily started her career at Cooper Mountain where she can continue to explore, share and enjoy the ancient art of winemaking. 

sara@coopermountainwine.com 

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