Founded in 2015, Gersing Cellars is an urban winery housed at SE Wine Collective in SE Portland, OR. Gersing Cellars’ mission is to showcase the unique terroirs of Oregon and Washington by working with select vineyards in the two states. Our philosophy is informed by our winemaker’s experience of living in Europe and his admiration for the jazz greats. Accordingly, Gersing Cellars composes wines that honor tradition while also allowing for unique expression.
Founder and Winemaker
Jason has two great passions: jazz and wine. The music bug struck early. Not long after Jason picked up the saxophone in 6th grade was he transcribing “Cannonball” Adderley and Sonny Stitt, and he continued to study throughout high school and college. Jason then moved to New York to study and play with some of the best jazz musicians in the world.
Of course, musicians need a day job (sometimes two!) to support their jazz habit. One such job was working harvest at Bedell Cellars on Long Island. Jason had been bitten by the wine bug while studying in Italy, but experiencing crush deepened his fascination with the winemaking process.
Jason spent the next three years exploring the wine regions of France and Italy and studied Enology and Viticulture at Montpellier Supagro in the south of France. Missing the U.S. but wanting a new American experience, Jason moved to Portland, Oregon. After taking Business courses at Portland State University and Enology and Viticulture courses at Chemeketa Community College, Jason joined Argyle Winery where he was in charge of production planning and inventory management, though he participated in almost every facet of the operation. At Argyle, Jason gained not only a unique education in sparkling wine production but also a broad overview of a complex and growing wine company.
When not in the cellar or the vineyard, “Goose” can probably be found either listening to live jazz or playing saxophone with one of several Portland-based groups.