VIEW FROM THE BERGSTRÖM TASTING ROOM
DR. JOHN & KAREN BERGSTRÖM
JOSH & CAROLINE BERGSTRÖM
Growing up on Cumberland Road in Northwest Portland in the 1970s through the 1990s our family witnessed a cultural renaissance happening in our neighborhood and others which was reminiscent of a European community where neighborhoods, led by a wave of skilled and passionate artisan Portlanders, began supporting locally owned businesses such as bakeries, butchers, coffee roasters, beer breweries, wineries, farmer markets, organic cooperatives and more. Restaurants began to showcase dishes that were made up of ingredients grown within the local environs that were fresh and seasonal and spoke of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by these artisans and this new movement, we wanted to be a part of this movement and so we joined our fellow Portlanders in sharing our culinary discoveries with friends and family from afar, and eventually the world learned of Oregon's rich bounty. From the beginning, Bergström Wines has maintained our mission of not only supporting Northwest locally owned and operated businesses, but of becoming one of Oregon's artisanal producers ourselves with world class aspirations. Our goal is and will always be to craft great Oregon Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that pair seamlessly with the unparalleled produce that thrives in our unique corner of the world so that we too may help to share the Oregon story with the world.
When John and Karen Bergström began Bergström Wines, they wanted 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, the fourth of five children, returned home to Dundee from a postgraduate program in Viticulture and Enology in the Burgundy region of France. With him, he brought his fiancée Caroline, and the two were married that fall in the Bergström Vineyard. Bergström Wines was also born that fall as the young couple harvested their first vintage of Pinot Noir from high-quality fruit purchased at a neighboring winery. Currently, Josh is general manager, winemaker and vineyard manager at Bergström Wines, and Caroline manages the sales team.
Our family business traces its roots to our father John Bergström's Swedish heritage and the love he developed for the Pacific Northwest. John grew up in a small agricultural and logging village in northern Sweden. As a young teenager, he set out by himself for Oregon, eager to follow the American dream of creating a life better than the one he knew as a child. Ultimately, he became a surgeon, created a successful medical practice and raised five children in his new homeland. After many years, John decided to return to his agricultural roots and pursue his dream of winegrowing, eventually founding Bergström Winery. Today, John and Karen Bergström are proud parents who have helped establish a flourishing business and who enjoy traveling the world sharing Bergström Wines and its vision with fellow wine enthusiasts.
Now, 14 years after its inception, Bergström Wines is still family owned and operated. The winery's ownership is shared between John and Karen Bergström and Josh and Caroline Bergström. Bergström Wines consists of five estate vineyards totaling 84 acres that span across four of the Willamette Valley's best appellations: The Bergström Vineyard, de Lancellotti Vineyard, The winery Block, Gregory Ranch and Le Pré du Col. Each estate vineyard is farmed without the use of harsh chemicals, systemic or fertilizers, and the winery produces approximately 9,000 cases of ultra-premium and extremely sought-after wine each year, including two Chardonnays and nine different Pinot Noirs.