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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 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 09

Usually, I keep my cool when tasting wine at the store. I tend to "filter" my thoughts, not showing my hand, whether I lo...



$65.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Visdom Chardonnay 2011

The Reserve Chardonnay is a focused, rich Chardonnay balanced by bright acidity. Pear, citrus, and apple hints, accented b...



$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 ...



$20.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012

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



$26.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Rose of Pinot noir 09

From the winery that produced the Johan Three Barrels Pinot noir we offered last month (and one of the most popular 2008...



$15.95 Regular

Johan Vineyards Nils Reserve Pinot noir 08

Burghound 92 points!

With my over-the-top reaction to the Johan Three Barrel 08, the Nils got somew...



$43.95 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

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

More About Johan Vineyards

Johan Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay

What you want to know:

-Will I like the wines? If you like aromas that flip your lid with botanicals as well as fruit and spice. If you like wines that seem just a bit different - like they have something unique to say and it's really good. If you like wines that are ready to drink but are really worth tucking away for special occasions. And especially you'll like these wines if you like to find the new rising star wineries before everyone else.

-What do they make? Tiny amounts of Pinot noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot gris. 72 cases of their top wine in 2008.

-Best known for? They're hardly known at all, but you can definitely say that they are known for how much we love them. We call them jaw-dropping, and Marcus blurted out "holy sh*t" once while drinking the Three Barrel Pinot. They're going to be known for a lot of things, the owner's Norwegian heritage for one. And their wines, for another.

Best Wines? The Three Barrel Pinot noir 08, the Nils Pinot noir 08, and the Reserve Chardonnay 09.

Call us - we'd love to tell you more about them!


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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