The Winemaker

Ryan Sharp

Ryan Sharp, WinemakerWe are a small-batch artisan wine producer, located in the heart of Portland’s Eastside. Our passion is to make wines that speak of the place where they were grown, the climate they were grown in, and their true varietal character. Let each bottle be it’s own enso – an expression of the moment.

ENSO Winery began as a collaborative effort between passionate winemakers and grew into Ryan Sharp’s urban winery. Ryan began as a winery grunt at Arcane Cellars on the banks of the Willamette River.

While Ryan fell more in love with winemaking, he also dreamed of leaving the valley to make wine in Portland, where he has resided for almost 6 years.

After assisting John Grochau a few times, he fell in love with the idea of an urban winery. A place in the city, in a neighborhood, a local watering hole, a place to meet friends, and a place to produce world-class wine.

After moving to Portland from (shh!) San Francisco, he transferred from UC Davis to Chemeketa to get a more focussed education…one dealing more specifically with NorthWest climates/grapes. He started home winemaking several years back.

When not stirring up fermenting wine or submitting wine labels to the Feds, you’ll find him hunting down exotic wines from Bandol.

Here’s a video of him foot-crushing some 2012 Zinfandel!