Discover what and who makes Oregon wine so distinctive
When Oregon’s wine pioneers looked out across the state’s varied landscape they saw what others didn’t: a perfect place for wine.
They understood that Oregon’s northerly latitude meant grapes would get extra growing season sunlight for long, even ripening, and that our crisp, cool nights would help grapes retain their freshening acidity. Such a combination meant Oregon grapes would naturally achieve mature, balanced flavors and full varietal character. The resulting wines, they surmised, could be sustainably grown and made without dramatic manipulation to be naturally fresh, lively and have true-to-the-fruit flavors.
They were right. Today, the suitability of Oregon for great wine is unquestioned. There’s a home in Oregon for any wine grape, from Arneis to Zinfandel.
Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery created in 2007 by Kelley and her father, Gerson. The first vintage was in 2007 with a little over 100 cases and is now between 2700 and 3000 cases, all from the historic Maresh Vineyard. Kelley is spearheading Natural and Biodynamic winemaking in Oregon and is one of a handful of producers who is Demeter-certified.
Started in 1971 by Susan Sokol and Bill Blosser, Sokol Blosser was one of the very first wineries in what was a non existant wine industry in Oregon. Fast forward to 2021 and now in the hands of Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser, the winery is one of the leading players in the Oregon wine scene spearheading sustainability and natural wine production
Oregon wines taste of the land. The French call it terroir, we call it delicious. From sprightly sparklers and jaunty rosés, to minerally Rieslings and peachy Viogniers; from elegant Pinot noirs and sumptuous Syrahs, to classy Cabernets and dulcet dessert wines, Oregon’s wine variety will satisfy anyone’s palate.
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