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Our Wines

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 Björnson and winemaker Pattie Björnson. 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 our online store.


Red Wine

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.

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2017 Estate Pinot Noir

This Pommard-driven blend is sourced from all four blocks of our estate vineyard.  This blend opens with aromas of  fresh berries and rose petals, with raspberry, pie cherry, and mocha on the palate.  Well-rounded and silky finish.

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Bjornson Estate Pinot noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2017 Reserve Pinot Noir

“There’s a wild array of ripe red and dark cherries here that really impresses with a brown-tea edge, as well as earthy, spicy nuances.  The palate has a very approachable, smooth and sleek feel in a mellow, drink-now mode.”

Awarded 91 points, JamesSuckling.com

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Bjornson Reserve Pinot noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2017 #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.

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Bjornson #21003 Pinot noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2017 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.

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2017 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.

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Bjornson Edward Pinot noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2017 Havlin Vineyard Pinot Noir

Red raspberries and cherries, notes of walnuts, pepper and cedar on the finish. Bright acidity, linen tannins and great structure reflect the influence of wind, sun and earth at Havlin Vineyard in the VanDuzer Corridor AVA. Drink now through 2030 – pairs well with pork roast.

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Bjornson Havlin Vineyard Pinot noir Willamette Valley Oregon

2017 Isabel Pinot Noir

Reflecting the softer side of the Björnson Vineyard, this barrel selection expresses a sensual, gracefulness framed by a hearty, enduring fabric of velvety tannins.  Isabel is an elegant, feminine wine, but never 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

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Bjornson Isabel Pinot noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2018 Estate Pinot Noir

New Release. This wine offers fresh plum and oolong tea layered over darker flavors of roasted chestnuts. A silky smooth entry opens to ripe fruit and ample tannins with a long structured finish. – Awarded 90 points by James Suckling.

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Bjornson Estate Pinot noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

White Wine

2017 Margaret Chardonnay

The Margaret Chardonnay was made to add complexity, depth and richness to the acidity and minerality displayed by this variety in Oregon.  Bright fruit and chamomile blend to lemon curd, honey and brioche on the palate.  This wine showcases the full-bodied structure of wines from Björnson Vineyard balanced with lively energy.

This barrel selection honors Pattie’s grandma Maggie, who turned every-day life into an adventure with her positive attitude, marvelous sense of humor, and acceptance of people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Bjornson Margaret 2017 Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2017 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 Björnson Vineyard.  The wealth of fresh pear, melon, and apple flavors are balanced with energy and grace.

91 Points  JAMESSUCKLING.COM

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Bjornson Reserve Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2018 Reserve Chardonnay

New Release. Fermented in large puncheon barrels and aged sur lees, our 2018 Reserve Chardonnay leads with aromas of honeysuckle, vanilla shortbread, and roasted pineapple. Weightier in texture, silky on the palate, this wine pairs wonderfully with Pan Seared Halibut.

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Bjornson Reserve Chardonnay Eola-Amity Hills Oregon

2019 Viola Auxerrois

Fresh white peach and a bouquet of spring flowers like sweet pea blossoms. An elegant backbone of minerality and wet stone binds this wine together. With a strong acidity, this wine is surprisingly nimble on the palate and the use of 40% neutral acacia wood barrels adds complexity and structure to the subtle stainless steel fermentation. Viola pairs well with scallops, oysters and grilled vegetables.

Auxerrois, pronounced aus ser whah, is a “sister” grape of Chardonnay and grown primarily in Alsace, Germany, and Luxembourg. This wine honors Pattie’s grandmother, Viola, a strong German-American who raised five children while her husband Edward served in WWII, survived polio, and always said goodbye with firm bear hug chuckling, “I love you so much, I could squeeeeeze you to pieces.”

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2019 Argenta Rosé

Our 2019 Argenta rosé opens with aromas of fresh strawberries, and delivers a bright, fruity concentrated palate with a racy finish that leaves you wanting more! Drink now through 2022, pairs well with summer bar-b-que – grilled meats and chicken.

This wine honors Mark’s Great Niece, Argenta Rose, born in 2016 as we were picking the first vintage of rosé. Argenta doesn’t sit around long for a photo, and this wine won’t be on the shelves long either!

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Bjornson rose bottle next to waterfalls and mossy rocks

2019 Anne Amie Vineyard Pinot Blanc

Led by a spiced white flower, lemon curd, and potpourri this Pinot Blanc from Anne Amie’s Twelve Oaks Vineyard, is centered around a crushed oyster shell minerality. The palate has a pronounced minerality from the partial fermentation in a concrete egg, while the neutral barrel gives the high acidity a tremendous juiciness.

This was the second time since 2014 that we’ve made Pinot Blanc – and this one is a SpEGGtacular. Yep, Mark bought Pattie a 700L concrete egg for her birthday (how romantic), and this is her first project in it.   We are thrilled with the results – and can’t wait to make more next year.

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Bjornson Anne Amie's Twelve Oaks Vineyard 2019 Pinot blanc Chehalem Mountains Oregon

Dessert Wines

2017 Ratafia Dessert Wine

Made from Pinot Noir this dessert wine exhibits candied fruit with cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose leading to a sweet and savory notes on the palate with a lingering finish.

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2018 Thor Port-Style Wine

This port-style Pinot Noir dessert wine, made from the vineyard’s wadenswil clone, captivates from start to end. Aromatics of dried black plum and cherry with notes of vanilla and chocolate on the finish.

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Winemakers Pattie & Mark Björnson

Mark and Pattie Björnson 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.

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Accolades for Björnson Wines

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James Suckling

2017 Edward Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2017 Havlin Pinot Noir: 91 Points

2017 Reserve Pinot Noir: 91 Points
2017 Reserve Chardonnay: 91 Points
2016 Estate Pinot Noir: 93 Points
2016  Havlin Pinot Noir: 90 Points

Wine Spectator

2015 Reserve Pinot Noir: 93 Points
2015 Estate Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2015 Edward Pinot Noir: 92 Points

2014 Edward Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2014 Björnson Pinot Noir: 91 Points

2013 Edward Pinot Noir: 92 Points
2012 Björnson Pinot Noir: 91 Points

LIVE “Hero of Salmon” Award

In May 2016 Björnson 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!

Portland Monthly

2013 Edward Pinot Noir: Featured in “50 Best Oregon Wines”

1859 Magazine

Björnson Vineyards Pinot Noir: Staff Pick

Wine Enthusiast

2015 Björnson Auxerrois: 90 Points

Statesman Journal

“Björnsons Realizing Dream of Winery in Eola-Amity Hills”
“Three honored by NW Wine Studies Center”