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Johan Vineyards

Johan Vineyards

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.


Johan Vineyards Estate Pinot noir 2013

2012 vintage notes: Inviting aromas of dark cherries and pine forest waft from the glass. Juicy cherry and savory black cu...



$29.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Visdom Chardonnay 2012

A showstopper. Vibrant natural acidity, an attractive flint mineral nose driven by lemon curd and lime zest. Flavors of ja...



$35.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Pinot Gris 2013

The label might as well read: Drink Me. A WOW factor Pinot gris, and that's from a Pinot gris skeptic! Is it the amazing ...



$19.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012

The Estate Chardonnay has flavors of Granny Smith apple, citrus, pear and minerality. ...



$26.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Vin Gris of Pinot noir 2013

The pure, clean scent and flavor of fresh strawberry and raspberry expand, adding a hint of watermelon and fresh herbs. ...



$17.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Nils Pinot noir 2012

The Nils bottling was created out of an interest to capture a specific expression from our estate fruit. With the Nils we ...



$39.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Drueskall Pinot gris 2011

"Drueskall" means grape skin in Norwegian. This is an "orange" Pinot gris made that color by leaving the juice and skins t...



$33.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Three Barrel Pinot noir 2012

This wine's beyond my comprehension.

I've been tasting Oregon Pinot noir professionally for eleven years, yet writin...



$53.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Gruner Veltliner 2011

An enticing wet stone and white pepper on the nose which continues to swim together with apricot and higher-toned acidity ...



$23.95 Regular

Minimus Wines #2 Tempranillo 2010

Chad Stock (Johan Vineyards) makes Minimus wines as his personal growth project, a continuing education in winemaking. Thi...



$28.95 Regular

More About Johan Vineyards

Johan Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay Johan Vineyards winemaker and vineyard manager Daniel Rinke

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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