History of Oregon Wine Services and Storage
History of Oregon Wine
Services and Storage

In late 2001, John Niemeyer, a local real-estate investor purchased the Pillsbury building in McMinnville with the idea of opening a wine storage facility. For the first nine months the majority of the then 110,000 square foot facility sat vacant while renovations to the cooling system, insulated rooms and offices proceeded.

In August of 2002, Jeff Meader began marketing Oregon Wine Services and Storage (OWS) to the Oregon wine industry. By December of 2002, Jeff had taken over as General Manager and later Jeff became a co-owner of OWS.

From its inception, OWS focused on climate controlled storage, fulfillment services, consolidations to northern California and local wine transportation. In 2003, OWS formed a partnership with Laurent Montalieu to create a custom crush facility called NW Wine Company.

In 2005, Tim Moore joined OWS as Director of Operations. Tim brought with him a wealth of knowledge pertaining to wine storage and distribution from his past employment with Vintage Wines, LLC in Chicago. Additionally, Tim's computer skills and organizational acumen have allowed OWS to grow and adapt to the changes of Oregon's continually evolving wine industry.

Over the next ten years, OWS utilized its abundance of insulated climate controlled space to store and ship wine for the Oregon wine industry. With an eye to the future, OWS in 2008 added of 61,000 square feet of on-site temperature controlled storage area, and in 2011 purchased an additional 63,000 square feet. In 2014 OWS opened a warehouse location in Medford to serve the southern Oregon winery needs in the Umpqua, Rogue, and Applegate Valley areas. This opening brought the total storage capacity to over 331,000 square feet.

Our direct-to-consumer shipping services have grown from a small percentage of our business to our primary revenue sector. In the process we have become the model of the direct shipping industry in Oregon.

OWS continues to expand our services to the Oregon Wine industry and in 2008 added a trucking arm that expanded our local and Northern California services to now include local and long haul, partial load and full load trucking to all destinations within the continental United States.

Oregon Wine Services was purchased by Wineshipping in late 2014. Wineshipping is based in Napa, California and is the premier wine fulfillment company in the country with warehouse locations in 4 states. With these warehouse locations, Wineshipping offers clients the national forward shipping solution, helping them to save substantial costs surrounding the shipments of wine across the country.