The Bergström family believes world-class Oregon wines from the Willamette Valley’s preeminent hillside vineyards can be achieved only through nonindustrial, artisanal winemaking. They farm all of their estate vineyards using biodynamic methods, and since 1999, they have been a leader in the sustainable farming of wine grapes in Oregon.
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.
Vanessa Bazzani’s love of wine grew out of an old family affection for vintage California zinfandels, which quickly evolved into a devotion to the mighty Pinot Noir grape. This passion was further honed during her time working at the Heathman Hotel with a Sommelier team that guided Vanessa into furthering her wine education with the International Sommelier Guild diploma program. Receiving her pin in 2005, her love affair with all things wine was sealed
After years working in the Portland food and wine scene, Vanessa joined the family team at Bergström Wines as Hospitality Manager in 2014. She has since fallen in love with all things Bergström, biodynamic farming, and educating clients about the world-class Willamette Valley wine industry. Vanessa lives in Portland Oregon, continuing her epicurean and oenological journey across the city and the Willamette Valley.
Bergström Wines consists of five estate vineyards totaling 84 acres that span across four of the Willamette Valley’s best appellations: The Bergström Vineyard, Silice Vineyard, 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 10,000 cases of ultra-premium and extremely sought-after wine each year, including two Chardonnays and nine different Pinot Noirs.
Melanie McLaren, the direct to consumer sales manager, will be joining us this year at TWE. Melanie is passionate about uniting amazing brands with a discriminating clientele. Finding the right fit between the two, while building intimate customer relationships, drives me to deliver results. Among her many passions are fitness, and wine education.
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