In 1971, when Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser planted their first vines in the Dundee Hills, there was no Oregon wine industry. The journey of the founders from east to west can be likened to that of the pioneers...except that the covered wagon was really a Volkswagen bus and the roads were paved. Now Dundee, in the heart of the Willamette Valley, is the “epicenter of Oregon Pinot Noir.” Still family-owned, with the second generation taking the helm, Sokol Blosser farms 72 acres, crafting elegant, seductive estate wines with a sense of place.
Oregon is situated at 45 degrees latitude, the same parallel as Burgundy, the traditional home of Pinot Noir, and the Willamette Valley climate provides ideal growing conditions. Looking for the perfect place to grow Burgundian varieties and raise a family, the Sokol Blossers chose Oregon. In 1970 they purchased their first piece of vineyard land, an 18-acre dilapidated prune orchard, and utilized volunteer labor and used equipment to plant their first acres of Pinot Noir. By the mid-'80s, Sokol Blosser had become a nationally-recognized producer of acclaimed Pinot Noir and one of the first producers to sell its wine outside Oregon. The Sokol Blossers, along with a handful of like-minded innovative pioneers, have put Oregon on the map as a producer of distinctive wines. Their belief that exceptional wines could be produced on Oregon soil has been validated. Sokol Blosser has never lost its pioneering spirit, family feel and community focus. It remains family-owned and -operated, with Susan Sokol Blosser as President, son Alex Sokol Blosser as Vice-President and daughter Alison Sokol Blosser Spoljaric as Director of Marketing. They maintain an active involvement in shaping the Oregon industry, participating in government, environmental and industry programs.