Elizabeth Chambers Cellar – Tasting Room

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar – Tasting Room

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar – Green Features

Energy Efficiency


  • All replacement window panes as Low-E Double Pane



Sustainable Materials


  • Reclaimed wood wainscoting and trim in Tasting Room
  • Job-site recycling


Indoor Air Quality


  • Zero VOC paint
  • No carpeting

Elizabeth Chambers’ story


Elizabeth (“Liz”) Chambers has long dreamt of crafting her own delicately balanced yet distinctive Pinot Noir from the very best vineyards of the Willamette Valley. In 2014, that dream took flight.Elizabeth Chambers Cellar is a small, locally owned winery specializing in Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. The winery was founded in 2013 by Liz Chambers, a 3rd generation Oregonian whose family was one of the pioneers of winemaking in the state. Winemaker, Michael Stevenson, has been a part of making top Oregon Pinot Noir for over 20 years. Today, we are building on our past as Panther Creek Cellars — superior quality and elegant style of wines — and creating an even better future with new experiments from Michael, some up-and-coming vineyards, and a renovated tasting room in the historic McMinnville power plant.

The Wine Maker

ico-wine-grapes-bottleMichael Stevenson, the winemaker for Elizabeth Chambers Cellar, has worked with the top growers in the Willamette Valley for over 20 years. Michael first moved to Oregon from Asheville, North Carolina in 1993. A job working the harvest near McMinnville developed into entry-level production and operations support at Panther Creek Cellars. In 1994, businessman Ron Kaplan purchased Panther Creek Cellars from Ken Wright and Michael started to take on increasing responsibility in the cellar. By 1999, Michael was fully engaged in learning the craft of winemaking guided by consulting winemaker Mark Vlossak before assuming the role of head winemaker in 2000.

From the outset Michael’s focus has been on making ultra-premium Pinot Noir, and he quickly learned the importance of spending time with local growers to source the best grapes in the area. In 2005, Panther Creek Cellars was purchased by the Chambers family, and in 2013 the Chambers family sold the Panther Creek brand. Liz Chambers personally retained ownership of the former winery and tasting room to launch Elizabeth Chambers Cellar with Michael as head winemaker. Michael believes in finding the best that every vintage has to offer by working with what nature gives him. He has free rein to make wine for “real Pinot lovers,” which he interprets as wines of finesse and elegance that preserve the flavor and character of the vineyard.


ico-wine-barrel455 NE Irvine St. McMinnville, OR 97128

Visit www.elizabethchamberscellar.com for more information

By The Numbers

By The Numbers

210 – Original window panes replaced

3 – Butterflies hidden in new door to garden

0 – Number of water meters the building used to have

14 – Days it took to blast paint off original brick

The People

PeopleOwner Elizabeth Chambers

Designer: Cellar Ridge Construction

Project Manager Zack Geary

Photographer Andrea Johnson