In 1997, John and Karen BergstrÃ¶m purchased a 15-acre plot of land in the Willamette Valley just outside of Dundee, Oregon. In 1998 their son, Josh, headed off to France to earn a post-graduate degree in Viticulture and Enology from the CFPPA (Center for the Formation and Promotion of Agricultural Production) in Beaune. There he met his future wife Caroline, a Beaune native in the process of finishing her degree in wine marketing.
In 1999, Josh and Caroline returned to the Willamette Valley. He sourced fruit from other vineyards until 2001, when he produced his first wines using grapes from his family's vineyards. BergstrÃ¶m maintains the vineyards using only organic techniques, and will make 40 to 50 passes through the vineyards every year to prune double buds, shoots and drop clusters from the vines.
Their Pinot Noir is opulent and terroir-driven, and they produce 2 to 12 vineyard designate labels every year, depending on the quality of the grapes coming from the specific vineyards. BergstrÃ¶m also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling, all in small quantities.