A Portlanders Journey to Winemaking
Josh Bergström, a Portland native, embodies the spirit of an Oregonian winemaker who has left an indelible mark on the state’s wine industry. His journey has been defined by a passion for winemaking, deep involvement in the community, and a commitment to producing world-renowned wines.
A Visionary Winemaker
Throughout his illustrious career, Josh has built the renowned Bergström family wine brand from the ground up. His wealth of experience has seen him craft wines from over 125 different vineyards within the region, showcasing his versatility as a winemaker.
A Diverse Academic Journey
Josh’s educational background is as diverse as his winemaking skills. His university studies encompassed French, business, business law, and the humanities, setting the stage for a multifaceted approach to winemaking. His quest for wine knowledge led him to the famed CFPPA in Beaune, France, where he received a postgraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology. There, he met his Burgundy-native wife, Caroline, and a love story was ignited amidst the picturesque Burgundian hillside villages.
Crafting America’s Finest Wines
From the inception of Bergström Wines, Josh’s vision has been clear: to craft America’s finest Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Syrahs while progressively moving toward a 100% estate-farmed approach. Josh and his dedicated farming team are the caretakers of 70 acres of biodynamic, estate monopole Pinot Noir and Chardonnay spread across five different vineyards in the Dundee Hills, Ribbon Ridge, and Chehalem Mountains AVAs of the Northern Willamette Valley.
Championing Regenerative Practices
Josh champions biodynamic and regenerative agricultural practices, viewing them as instrumental in preserving the unique regional character of his terroirs and wines.
Contributions to the Field
His dedication extends beyond the winery as he actively participates in the viticultural and winemaking communities of the Willamette Valley. He has served as a key board member of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association and spearheaded the creation of Willamette: The Pinot Noir Auction. In 2023, he achieved a remarkable distinction as he was handpicked to join the esteemed ranks of the Académie Internationale du Vin.