St. Josef’s Winery was one of the first handful Oregon wineries back in the 1970s. Their story is truly one to behold. Here’s the short run down: Josef was born in Hungary and fled after WWII. He apprenticed in baking and eventually wound up in Chicago where he met his wife Lilli, and together they chose their next adventure as moving across the country with their 2 young children to start a farm in the beautiful and bountiful Willamette Valley. Soon realizing the terroir was ideal for vines, they planted vines in 1978 all the while operating artisan bakeries in the area. Everything about the estate comes from family; the vines, the murals, the furniture, it was all made by their own family’s hands. They continue to this day doing this honest work of tending the land and striving for a better future for themselves and their family.
Grape: Pinot Noir 100%
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Farming: Certified Sustainable & Salmon Safe, French Pommard Clone, from 5 estate vineyards, hand harvestedWinery: Aged 1-2 years in a mix of neutral Hungarian, French, and American oak