In 2012, Marcus and Gaironn Poole founded Goodfellow Family Cellars, with the goal of quenching the thirst of those looking to experience extraordinary wines. Our wines, though delightfully Oregonian, are steeped in old world traditions. Each brings a wide view and many years of experience to the table.
While Marcus focuses on winemaking, Gaironn creates an authentic, genuine and welcoming experience in hospitality and sales for Goodfellow Family Cellars. They excitedly welcomed their son Fletcher Poole Goodfellow to the family in August of 2014.
We do this work for the land, for our family and for you.
In working directly with farmers, we find a more meaningful connection to the earth, weather and vines. We see, feel and taste an intimacy of place in our wines, the bounty of a close and unwavering relationship. Part and parcel of our family and business growing is cultivating relationships, to the vines we tend as much as to the connection we have to you. We are especially grateful to you for growing with us.
The quiet rural landscape of the north Willamette Valley provides a bounty of agricultural wealth. As a native Oregonian who was raised on 80-acres outside of Silverton, Oregon, growing up on a farm created a diligent work ethic and fostered a connection between the health of land and the well-being of people. His youth and adolescence spent in the valley also attuned him to the nature of Oregon’s growing season. He counterbalanced his rural upbringing with a number of years in fine dining in Portland, and while working with Master Chef Philippe Boulot, curating the wine list at the Heathman Restaurant in 2002, he produced his first bottling, 186 cases, of Oregon Pinot Noir. His winery resume includes an apprenticeship at Evesham Wood, assisting at Westrey Wines. Influences are Steve Doerner at Cristom and John Paul at Cameron Wines. In 2009 he was able to focus full time on producing world class wines that highlight the harmony between vintage, vineyard and climate.
Though Gaironn Poole’s father co-owned a wine distribution company and owned a wine bar while she grew up in Oklahoma & Texas, it wasn’t until she relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 2003 that she chose wine as a career. Over a decade later, she has gained a wide breadth of experience and offers the world a unique perspective. She became Certified Sommelier through the International Sommelier Guild and first worked as a wine steward at New Seasons Market, which is where she met Marcus, who was delivering wine. She later managed and developed the wine programs at Bluehour & Bruce Carey Restaurants and as well as as in working in wholesale representation for Galaxy Wine Company. When not drinking Oregon wine, Gaironn drinks Cru Beaujolais and Austrian Riesling.
Fletcher Poole Goodfellow
Role: Junior Winemaker (in training)
Nothing makes this kid happier than forklift time!
Role: Oregon Sales Manager
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Sebastien grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where he also earned a degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon. His interest, and subsequent odyssey into wine, is the result of living and traveling to many wine-growing regions throughout the world: France, Spain, Germany, Italy, South Africa, British Columbia, and of course the Willamette Valley. He passed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Advanced exam with Distinction, and has worked in the Oregon wine industry since 2010.
When not talking about the rich culture and philosophy surrounding wine, or the finer points of terroir, Sebastien can be found in the kitchen, at the park (pushing his son on the swings), dancing salsa with his wife, or at the boxing gym.
While he loves a good Oregon Pinot Noir, you’re just as likely to find him enjoying a glass of Champagne, Riesling or Rioja.