1970 was winding down when the winery’s founders, Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser pulled their ’68 VW Camper up to an abandoned prune orchard some 30 miles southwest of Portland. They had little farming experience and just a basic knowledge of winemaking. What they did have, in abundance, was a passion for growing the Pinot Noir grape and creating world-class wine. A year later, they would plant their first five acres of Pinot Noir vines and cinched their place as pioneers in Oregon’s budding wine industry.
In 1979, when Oregon wines were little known outside the Northwest, the Sokol Blosser Winery astonished the wine world by winning six medals (three gold, two silver and a bronze) at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. It was, says Susan, “our first affirmation that we were on the right track.”
In the ensuing years, the winery would expand to 87 certified organic acres and become the 6th largest wine producer in Oregon. Sokol Blosser’s unique farming, harvesting, fermenting and aging all play key roles in crafting high quality, elegant and age-worthy wines with a sense of place. Today, the Sokol Blosser family of wines includes Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir, limited production Single Block Pinot Noirs, Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, Rosé of Pinot Noir, White Riesling Dessert Wine and proprietary blends, Evolution White and Evolution Red.
In January 2008, after over a year of slowly taking over daily operations from Susan, the transition from first to second generation was completed as Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser became co-presidents.