PLATT ANDERSON CELLARS: ASHLAND’S URBAN WINERY
The concept of an “urban winery” is fairly basic: you set up shop within the city limits, buy all of your grapes from local vineyards, hire a reputable winemaker, locate a healthy supply of yeast, then start cranking out the bottles.
And that is exactly what Gill Anderson and Shelby Platt did when they moved to Ashland in 2012 from the Seattle area. The result was Platt Anderson Cellars, with the winery situated on their property, and the tasting room and wine shop located at 357 E. Main in the old Ashland Art Center.
“My brother-in-law lives here, and after numerous visits we fell in love with the area and decided to move to Ashland,” Gill said. “Shelby and I are both retired from the medical field, and we enjoy traveling to different wine growing regions and tasting the fruits of their labors. After retirement I attended wine school and stayed on after completing the courses, becoming an instructor in the program. During that time, we started our own winery in Woodinville, Washington.”
The primary goal at Platt Anderson Cellars is to focus on promoting Oregon wines and particularly Southern Oregon wines from other small wineries.
“Our customers can expect detailed personalized service from experienced personnel,” Gill said. “However, because of COVID-19, I am currently the only person working in the tasting room. I enjoy talking about all aspects of the wine production and our local wine scene. My goal is to give the customer a complete and enjoyable experience by coming into our tasting room and wine shop and trying new and different local wines in a relaxing environment. We enjoy hosting live music events, fundraisers and company parties. We look forward to resuming our events post COVID-19.”
Gill and Shelby are also active in community affairs and supporting local artists and musicians.
“Volunteering is a large part of our life,” Gill said. “Shelby volunteers on several committees at Asante and Regence. She also is involved with The Boys and Girls Club and is a former cuddler at the NICU at Rogue Regional Medical Center. I volunteer with Food and Friends, the Ashland Police Department, Elks, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary. We are actively involved in local theater, which is important to us, and we support their efforts to the best of our abilities. Charities and nonprofits are also high on our list to support.”
For more info, call 206-714-3345 (cell) or the wine shop at 541-708-0951. You can also see them at plattandersoncellars.com and on Facebook.