John and Karen Bergström planted Bergström Vineyard in the spring of 1999. Situated on a south-facing slope overlooking the northern Willamette Valley, this 13-acre vineyard is rooted in the ferrous, red clays of the Dundee Hills, a sprawling volcanic island of rock where hazelnuts, black walnuts and cane berries have thrived for more than a century. Here, bright orange poppies grow alongside thistle, ryegrass, violets and chamomile. Oak trees and Douglas firs pepper the hills with roots rife with black truffles, and the forest floor harbors an array of wild mushrooms. In short, this vineyard lives in an epicurean Eden—the perfect place to grow complex, intensely fruited, deeply satisfying wines.
Ideally situated, the vines at Bergström Vineyard are bathed in the warm sunlight of the Oregon summer by day and cooled by the marine breezes of the Pacific Ocean by night, leading to freshness, vibrancy and structure in the final wines. Because the vine roots stretch deep into the volcanic basalt below the surface of the hillside, wines from this vineyard also embody true minerality. The site expresses purity, as well. No invasive chemicals have been used at Bergström Vineyard in more than 12 years, and we are proud to be biodynamic.
Six Pinot Noir clones (Pommard, Wädenswil and Dijon clones 114, 115, 667 and 777) and three Chardonnay clones (Dijon clones 37, 76 and 548) call Bergström Vineyard home, and we use fruit from this site to make our Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir, Cumberland Reserve Pinot Noir, and Sigrid Chardonnay. Characteristically, Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noirs are rich and decadent but known for their elegance with great red fruit flavors and aromas as well as lovely floral perfume and distinct minerality. Layers of flowers, fruit and minerals are also trademarks of Chardonnays from this site, along with tremendous length, balanced acidity and outstanding ageability.