Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Matello Wines produces handcrafted, sommelier friendly wines that are refreshing, balanced, and cellar-worthy. Our wines tell an honest story of the land, highlighting Oregon’s unique, beautiful terroirs and cool climate. Our simple philosophy focuses on old vines, careful stewardship through the growing season, and detailed winemaking rooted in traditional techniques. An old French axiom says “tradition is an experiment that worked”, at Matello our goal is to think outside the box of modern winemaking by exploring the methods of tradition.
All Matello Vineyard Sources are located in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley, They’re family owned and operated, non-irrigated, and focus on low impact farming. Oregon’s combination of soil, topography and climate combine to provide unique terriors throughout the valley.
Matello (rhymes with cello) translates roughly as “a little crazy”. The fool is a totem for the winery, a reminder to have fun, see the world with a sense of wonder and to accept each moment as an opportunity to be a part of something magical, our philosolphy focuses on highlighting the harmony between vintage, vineyard and climate. Matello is a member of the Deep Roots Coalition, an organization of artisanal Oregon wineries dedicated to producing wines from non-irrigated sites. Since Matello’s inception in 2002, the winery has earned a position as one of Oregon’s most respected independent producers.
The Matello Team
Marcus Goodfellow chose apprenticeship over formal schooling, working at Evesham Wood and assisting at Westrey. He also credits Steve Doerner of Cristom for giving him an affinity for whole cluster fermentation. He developed his appreciation for the infinite variation of beauty expressed through grapes while working at the Heathman Restaurant with Chef Philippe Boulot.
Raised on an 80 acre farm outside of Silverton, Oregon, Marcus developed his work ethic and connection to the land growing up surrounded by Oregon’s natural bounty. While goats, cows, blueberries, apples, and currants were part of his early life, grapes didn’t play a part until after he had left home and began a 20 year career in some of Portland’s finest restaurants. He founded Matello in 2002 making 2.9 tons of Pinot Noir in a small corner of the Westrey Winery. In 2005 he moved Matello to a co-operative facility. Finally, in 2011, he and Gaironn Poole, opened their own brick-and-mortar winery in McMinnville, Oregon.
Upon moving to Oregon in 2003, Gaironn knew she wanted to change her focus from her previous work in Marine Biology in Texas. Enrolling with the ISG (International Sommelier Guild) focused her interest and passion on wine, and she has never looked back. After obtaining her Sommelier Certificate she has since spent years at New Seasons Market as a wine steward, a Sommelier for Bluehour, Wine Curator for Bruce Carey restaurants and most recently a sales representative for a local wholesaler, Galaxy Wine Company. Thus, she brings a perspective of many sides of the industry to Matello. Joining the team in 2009 she is involved in all aspects of Matello, except making the wine, she leaves that to Marcus.
Fletcher Poole Goodfellow
Role: Junior Winemaker (in training)