Johan Vineyards owner Dag Johan Sundby is a man of the world. Born in Norway, he experienced Los Angeles as an exchange student in his teens and worked in Greece before joining Norway's Ranger Corps. Continuing his world travels, he worked in Israel and Lebanon for the UN, and moved to the United States in 2004. He met his wife Alison on a plane to Norway (she was on the way to India) went to school in Colorado, and ended up in Oregon.
at right, Dag and Alison
Dag likens his circuitous route to Oregon as a modern day version of the travels of his ancestors - Vikings whose explorations led them from Iceland to North America to North Africa and as far as the Middle East. The Johan's are very proud of their Norwegian heritage and celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day and St. Hans Day at the winery. The vineyard's logo features an image of the Oseberg ship, a pleasure vessel excavated from the burial mound of a Viking queen.
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The land that is Johan Vineyards was purchased in 2005 is run by Dag, his father Nils Dag Sundby, and their winemaker, Daniel Rinke (photo at right.) Daniel comes to Johan via two up and coming Pinot noir producers in California, assuming the role of Vineyard Manager and Winemaker in 2007.
The Johan Vineyard is farmed with organic and biodynamic practices, and is Demeter certified - an involved process with specific viticultural standards. The vineyard is broken in to 12 blocks and is planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Vin Gris (Pinot Noir Rose) Grüner Veltliner, and Blaufränkisch grapes. Located just west of Salem, Oregon, it is in the Van Duzer Corridor, a north to south series of valleys with unusual marine soils and warmer temperatures than most of the Willamette Valley.
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