Ransom Wine & Spirits
Ransom Spirits was started by Tad Seestedt in 1997 with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards. The name was chosen to represent the debt incurred to start the business - Tad was paying his own ransom to realize his dream. Initially, the distillery made small amounts of grappa, eau de vie and brandy. Ransom began the production of a number of small-batch fine wines in 1999. In 2007, they took up the craft of grain-based spirits, adding gin, whiskey and vodka to the lineup. In 2010, Ransom combined their crafts of winemaking and distilling to create our first Dry Vermouth.
Both the distillery and the winery moved several times in their early days, and in 2008, the purchase of a forty-acre farm outside of Sheridan, Oregon brought them together for the first time. The first vines were planted in spring 2010, and barley has been planted since 2008. Ransom Farms is located in the Willamette Valley in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range, and is home to an abundance of wildlife including cougars, pheasants, and elk. In keeping with their commitment to sustainability and stewardship, the Ransom farm has been certified Organic since 2011.
At Ransom Spirits, they strive daily to embody the core values of historicity, craftsmanship, and terroir. In working hard every day to make products that speak to their literal and figurative roots, Ransom believes that they have created dynamic, terroir-driven wines and craft spirits with the weight and aromatic complexity of their predecessors which also speak meaningfully to a new provenance; the green foothills of the Oregon Cascades, where a new tradition of winemaking and distilling is springing to life.