Business and civic leaders for three generations, the Chambers family has deep roots in Oregon. In 1991, Liz’s mother, Carolyn Chambers, acquired the family’s first winery, Hinman Vineyards (later renamed Silvan Ridge), and just two years later Liz came on board to manage the estate and vineyards. Liz was among the first entrepreneurs working to establish Oregon’s reputation for world-class winemaking. Within five years Liz helped build Silvan Ridge into one of the foremost wineries in the state, a result she credits to limiting the winery’s focus to higher quality releases. As Liz recalls it was a turning point in her life, which would culminate in the emergence of her passion for Pinot Noir.
Elizabeth Chambers Cellars opened in 2013, fulfilling Liz’s vision of creating her own winery with a focus on Pinot Noir as well as Pinot Gris. By her side is winemaker Michael Stevenson, who has been a part of making top Oregon Pinot Noir for over 20 years. Recently they have added some up-and-coming vineyards and a renovated tasting room in the historic McMinnville power plant to their operation. The blue butterfly on every bottle is a tribute to her mother, who collected them, and who inspired Liz’s journey into wine. It is also a fitting symbol for the style Liz strives for in her top-quality wines: feminine, balanced and with a strong sense of place.
With both their Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar winemaking team strives to deliver complex terroir character and beautiful varietal expression by using a “hands-off” approach at the winery. Elizabeth Chambers Cellars believes in working with nature by striving for a natural integration of flavors, derived through restraint in winemaking that respects the distinct character of each vintage and vineyard site without excessive manipulation.