Jacques Tardy, winemaker at Torii Mor winery, Dundee, Oregon
Jacques is a native of Nuits Saint Georges, in Burgundy, France. Jacques grew up in a family which has been heavily involved in the French wine industry for five generations, both in wine making and vineyard management. Jacques was educated at the Lycee Agricole and Viticole of Beaune, earning a degree in 1974 in Viticulture and Enology. After Jacques completed a year of mandatory military service, he returned home, leased vineyards and made his first wine under his own Jacques Tardy label in 1976.
After several years of making wine in France, Jacques moved to California in 1982 to work at the J. Lohr Winery in San Jose, California. Jacques started first in the cellar and was promoted quickly to Cellar Master, a position he held for more than five years.
To fulfill his desire to make quality Pinot Noir, Jacques and his family moved to Oregon in 1990, and accepted a winemaking and vineyard management postition at Montinore Vineyards in Forest Grove, Oregon. In the fall of 2004, Jacques came to Torii Mor Winery in Dundee to produce high quality Pinot Noir. The red and white wines that Jacques has produced while at Torii Mor have earned several gold medals and other awards of distinction. In addition to the popular white wines of Torii Mor, Jacques has crafted his signature “Deux Verres” burgundian style Pinot Noir and continues to craft new world, Oregon style “terroir” premium quality wines.