John and Karen Bergström desired to start a business that would become a legacy for their children and pay tribute to John’s agricultural Swedish upbringing. With these dreams in mind, the couple moved from Portland to Dundee, where they planted the Bergström Vineyard on a gentle, 13-acre, south-facing slope overlooking the wide expanses of the Willamette Valley. In 1999, Josh Bergström joined the family business after studying Viticulture and Enology in Burgundy and is currently the General Manager, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for his family's estate. His wife Caroline manages the Sales Team.
“What sets Oregon apart is that we have the authenticity and uniqueness of a cool climate, but the wines are friendly...I grew up drinking Burgundy and I studied there. I aspire for my wines to be like theirs. I want them to have a sense of place, delicious concentration, but now more than ever I want them to have that freshness, that velvet.” - Josh Bergström, Winemaker and Owner.
|APPELLATION(S)||Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton|
|PROPRIETORS||Josh & Caroline Bergström|
|ANNUAL PRODUCTION||10,000 cs|
(SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC)
Spanning many of Willamette Valley’s best appellations, Bergström Wines consists of five estate vineyards totaling 84 acres and two additional vineyard sites that the family has formed long-term agreements to control the farming and quality of the fruit. Bergström has been an outstanding leader and role-model in the sustainable farming of grapes in Oregon, and each estate vineyard is farmed using biodynamic methods.
Bergström Vineyard - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — 13 acres — 350-400 feet — volcanic soil
Temperance Hill Vineyard - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — Bergström farms 10 acres of the 100 acres — 700-850 feet — volcanic soil
Winery Block Vineyard - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — 4 acres — 350-375 feet — sandy sedimentary soil
Le Pré du Col Vineyard (see video below) - Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—16 acres — 250-350 feet — marine sedimentary soil
Shea Vineyard - Pinot Noir — Bergström farms 14 acres of the 140 acres — 350-375 feet — thin soils with sandstone bedrock
Gregory Ranch - Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — 26 acres — 400-580 feet — sandy soil
Silice - Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay — 21 acres — 350-400 feet — sandy soil above sandstone and shale
The family’s focus on single-vineyard bottlings, minimal intervention and a style that is both impressive yet versatile is a tribute to their love for the great estates of Burgundy – the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery produces approximately 10,000 cases of ultra-premium and extremely sought-after wine each year made up of two Chardonnays and nine Pinot Noirs.