Letter from the Owner
It is commonly held in the wine industry that wine makers are by nature, a little eccentric. And truly, who would argue with that? Wine making is tough stuff; it requires patience, intuition, diligence, trust and most of all passion. You don’t start a career, have children and then decide that what you’d really like to do with all of the spare time on your hands is to start a winery, if you’re not passionate and maybe a little eccentric.
After entering the professional world I decided that I needed to follow my childhood dream and start a winery and with the help of those around me I achieved this goal. Since 2006 Elsom Cellars has been producing 100% local Washington wine from Washington’s top vineyards. Through this process I have found a lifelong love of Washington’s Malbec grape and continue to find endless excitement in exploring its many complexities and countless flavors. I can’t wait to share my passion with you in our winery, from our table to yours.
Cheers, Jody Elsom
The Women Behind the Wine
JODY ELSOM | Owner
Jody is a traveling spirit. If you ask her what inspires her, you get a million glimpses of the world she’s seen. This old world teaches us a lot if we slow down and let it. And, if we sit across a table from a stranger with a couple glasses of great wine, before long, it’s surprising how much we all share. Wine gathers its taste from everything it encounters. The earth. The air. Everything leaves a mark. So do people. Jody’s passion for wine began in the Napa Valley and further explored through numerous experiences in the vineyards and wineries throughout Italy and France. Formally educated as one of the first graduates from WSU’s extension studies of Enology. Jody has a passion for developing wines that best represent the possibilities for Washington Wines.
REBECCA WEBER | Winemaker
Rebecca joined Elsom Cellars back in 2014 bringing both her passion for wine and background in science to the wines at Elsom Cellars. Rebecca found herself drawn to the wine industry after earning her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. She first discovered her desire to start winemaking while working a harvest in Bordeaux, France. Rebecca has since traveled and worked all over the world, including wine regions in Australia, Austria, and California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County. She spent several years at the Betz Family Winery where she had the chance to learn from Washington wine pioneer and Master of Wine, Bob Betz, before finding her home at Elsom Cellars. When Rebecca isn’t delving into chemistry or tending to barrels in the warehouse, you can find her volunteering at the Pacific Science Center, playing with her pup, or on the soccer field.
Creative Director & Marketing
Allie Stock joined the Elsom Cellars team in 2019 as the Creative Director and Marketing. Growing up in Seattle Allie’s art is inspired by the beautiful PNW. You can see her work throughout the tasting room. From labels to the laser-cut menu wall, she has a hand in all things creative here at the winery. She continues to be inspired by visiting other wineries and vineyards as she dives deeper into the industry.
Operations & Tasting Room Manager
Neil Maertens joined the Elsom Cellars team in 2021 as Operations & Tasting Room Manager with a deep history in the wine industry. Whether it is a tasting at the bar, a wine club release celebration, winemaker’s dinner, blending class, pairing event, or bottling day, Neil thrives on the energy of customer interactions and looks forward to meeting you all.
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Tasting Room Hours
Thursday - Sunday
12 pm - 6 pm
2960 4th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134