Torii Mor Winery

Jon Tomaselli
Dundee Hills, OR

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 Congress Has Heart Reception & Collectors Dinner
Friday, May 10, 2024 Trade Tasting
Saturday, May 11, 2024  Grand Tasting Reception

Dr. Donald Olson moved to Oregon to pursue his vision. He purchased an older vineyard in the Willamette Valley, planted in 1972, and renamed it Olson Estate Vineyard. High in the Dundee Hills, the ten acres of old vines produce high-quality Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay year after year. Don was drawn to the close ties Pinot Noir has to the earth and its ability to express terroir. The name Torii Mor derives from the Torii gate in the property’s Japanese garden and the ancient Scandinavian word for earth. Together, the name is a nod to Pinot Noir’s expression of terroir and connection to the earth. After the first vintage in 1993 with just 1,000 cases, Torii Mor today produces 10,000 cases of wines of elegance and balance that Don began pursuing years ago. Torii Mor continues to pursue elegance in wine making, respect for the earth, and balanced wines that can be enjoyed for years to come. 

With three generations of Italian winemakers in his family, Jon began his love affair with wine at the age of 4 years old while assisting the elder Tomasellis in their viticultural endeavors. By the age of 8, Jon knew he had found his calling in life. In 1999, Jon graduated from Arizona State with a degree in small business management. After four long years in the trenches of corporate America, Jon went into business for himself brokering wine grapes from California. A year later, he added wine equipment sales to his portfolio. Upon moving to the state late in 2006, Jon was immediately offered a position at Torii Mor to work under Winemaker Jacques Tardy. In 2007, Jon was promoted to Assistant Winemaker and has since worked in varying facets of the company. Today, Jon is the head winemaker.