We believe that the care we take with the land will be reflected in the wines we make. We are able to make our wine with minimal handling because of our focus on sustainable farming, as well as the beneficial influence of the nightly cooling marine breezes that flow in from the ocean known as the “Van Duzer Winds”. These nightly winds cause the berries to be smaller with thicker skins, offering a higher concentration of flavors, brighter acidity, and tannins that are apparent and structuring, but never a concern. Our wines have a darker fruit profile, good tannins and bright acidity – providing complexity on the pallet and longevity in the cellar.
The wines are made under the guidance of vineyard manager Mark Bjornson and winemaker Pattie Bjornson. For technical information on any of these wines, please see our tech sheets on the trade page. To purchase these wines, visit our tasting room or fill out our online order form.
2014 Family Pinot Noir
2014 was a milestone year for us. This was the first harvest for our new winery located on the estate vineyard. Ideal weather throughout the majority of the growing season provided us with exceptional, balanced fruit. Opens with aromas of blackberry and rose petals, with soft, black cherry and hints of nutmeg on the palette and a smooth lingering finish.
Awarded 91 Points from Wine Spectator
2014 Estate Pinot Noir
This Estate barrel selection was blended to represent the breadth of what Bjornson Vineyard has to offer. The potpourri bouquet is matched with a complex array of flavors including red and black cherry, cola, rich walnut, hints of tobacco and black pepper on the long finish. Pairs beautifully with pork tenderloin.
2015 Estate Pinot Noir
Opens with aromas of blackberry and rose petals, with soft black cherry and hints of nutmeg on the palette and a smooth lingering finish. Delightfully enjoyable. A food-friendly pinot, this would pair well with gnocchi, pulled pork, or just sipping.
Awarded 92 points from Wine Spectator
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
Our Reserve barrel selection features the breadth of what Bjornson Vineyard has to offer. A rich, yet fine-grained tannin structure paves the way for a plethora of cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and lychee. Ancillary flavors include a peaty earthiness accented by black pepper.
Awarded 93 Points from Wine Spectator
2015 #21003 Pinot Noir
The #21003 blend is named for our winery permit number, and is a “field blend” of all our planted clones of Pinot noir. Our intention behind this bottling was to show what comes from the vineyard without much else as a distraction. The blending happens in the fermenter, and the French oak plays a minor role. Lighter in body compared to our other blends, the purity of the fruit interplays seamlessly with the subtle earthiness.
2015 Art Pinot Noir
Rustic in spirit, this barrel selection employs rich dark berry notes alongside tobacco, cinnamon, orange peel, and vanilla. This wine is rugged, yet refined and pairs perfectly with steak or lamb. This barrel selection honors Mark’s grandfather William Arthur (Art) Hunter, who tenaciously worked his North Dakota farm through the drought of the 1930’s. His thrift, hard work and partnership with his wife, Isabel, enabled them to send two children to college during the Great Depression.
2015 Edward Pinot Noir
Our goal with the Edward blend was to find our best representation of classically-styled Oregon Pinot noir. This wine shows robust cherry and raspberry notes, with savory undertones supported by refined tannins.
This barrel selection honors Pattie’s grandfather, a Minneapolis fire fighter, who was a reserved yet intense man, with a strong work ethic reflecting his Midwestern heritage.
Awarded 92 Points from Wine Spectator
2015 Isabel Pinot Noir
Reflecting the softer side of the Bjornson Vineyard, this barrel selection expresses a sensual, gracefulness framed by a hearty, enduring fabric of velvety tannins. An elegant, feminine wine – but not a pushover.
This barrel selection honors Mark’s grandmother Isabel, who homesteaded on the plains of North Dakota, was a school teacher, renowned cook, and award-winning pie maker. The proceeds from her three-acre vegetable garden saved the family farm during the Great Depression and paid college tuition for Mark’s mother and uncle.
2015 Magnus Pinot Noir
Only produced during the best vintages, Magnus is a rare bottling that includes the most opulent barrels from 2015. Underscored by old-growth forest earthiness and the sweet char of French oak, this wine shows a brazen mélangé of dark-skinned Cascadian wild berries, brown baking spices and cedar; framed by well-tempered tannins.
This barrel selection honors Mark’s grandfather Magnus, a loving husband, respected businessman, and fair-minded civic and political leader.
2016 Reserve Chardonnay
Our approach for making Chardonnay aspires to reach the Oregon style that has been established for this dynamic variety. Driven by acid and mineral notes, this wine is light on its feet, but also displays the full-bodied nature typical of wines from Bjornson Vineyard. The wealth of citrus, tropical fruits and chamomile tea give the palate a balance of energy and grace.
2017 Viola Auxerrois
Auxerrois, pronounced aus ser whah, is a “sister” grape of Chardonnay and grown primarily in Alsace, Germany, and Luxembourg. Unctuous and soft in texture, a nutty, caramel mineral edge polishes off primary flavors of candied tropical fruit. Tasters with the most sensitive of palates will find that delicate tannins offer a fuzzy impression down the spine of the tongue, which adds to the perception of dimension.
This wine honors Pattie’s grandmother, Viola, a strong German-American who single-parented five children during WWII, survived polio, and whose bear hug could squeeze you to pieces.
2017 Argenta Rosé
With a bouquet of cherry blossoms on the nose, this wine highlights primary fruit flavors, such as strawberry, fresh cherry, and a hint of rhubarb, held aloft in a cloud of crisp, natural acidity.
We made our first rosé in 2016. As we were making the wine, our great-niece Argenta Rose was born. In 2016, we had an unusually early harvest and so we picked the secondary crop for that bottling. In 2017, we had a normal vintage and so we harvested pinot at ~21° brix from all over the vineyard to help us “dial-in” our yield estimates.
Winemakers Pattie & Mark Bjornson
Mark and Pattie Bjornson are the grower-winemaker team, and founders of Björnson Vineyard. Their journey began in 1985 at the University of Minnesota when they dreamed of someday living in the country, raising a large family and farming. They married, raised four children, and worked in the Twin Cities until Mark’s job took them to Oregon in 2005. Within months, their long-term vision began to take shape when they purchased a scenic 107-acre parcel in the Eola-Amity Hills – complete with forests, creeks and a 20-foot waterfall.
Immediately they set to work, planting the 28-acre vineyard from 2006-2012, and naming the four main vineyard blocks after their children. During this time, they also studied viticulture and enology at Chemeketa Community College’s Wine Studies Center, and made many friends in the wine industry through their involvement with the Willamette Valley Wine Growers Group and Eola-Amity Hills AVA.
From 2011-2013, Pattie worked as an intern for Ben Casteel at nearby Bethel Heights Winery, and starting in the spring of 2013, she managed the construction of Björnson Vineyard winery. The wine production area was completed days before the 2014 grapes were harvested, and she quickly shifted gears from General Contractor to Winemaker – scrambling to outfit the winery with necessary winemaking tools and equipment. Now Pattie’s primary focus is on Winemaking and Business Management.
Mark’s focus is primarily on managing the vineyard and grape sales, but he also sits in on wine blending trials, and is an expert repair technician all aspects of the vineyard and winery. To support the development of Björnson Vineyard, Mark maintains a full-time day-job, but he hopes to become a full-time farmer soon.
In 2017, they completed the Björnson Vineyard Tasting Room, and expanded their team to support their wine growing endeavors. Gerry Rasch, Director of Sales, Nate Bently, Wine Production and Paul Futrell, Vineyard Manager. Pattie and Mark are grateful to their family, and the Oregon Winemaking Community for their ongoing support; particularly John Grochau, the Bethel Heights “Family”, and Drew Voit.
Accolades for Björnson Wines
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir: 93 Point
2015 Estate Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2014 Edward Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2014 Bjornson Pinot Noir: 91 Points
2013 Edward Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2012 Bjornson Pinot Noir: 91 Points
LIVE “Hero of Salmon” Award
In May 2016 Bjornson Vineyard was thrilled to receive the Salmon-Safe “Hero of Salmon” Award celebrating habitat enhancement and commitment to ecologically sustainable viticulture at the LIVE annual meeting. Our Mission: Care for the Land, Make Exceptional Wine, Enjoy the Journey! We were honored to be recognized for our passion!
2013 Edward Pinot Noir: Featured in “50 Best Oregon Wines”
Bjornson Vineyards Pinot Noir: Staff Pick
2015 Bjornson Auxerrois: 90 Points