Why We Love The Oregon Originals
We love Oregon wine. Okay, we’re biased, but that doesn’t matter. Our home features world-class wine because of the efforts, vision, and creativity of these three families.
“Seeing my parents put so much into a business they loved was really so inspiring.” – Anna Campbell
“We’re not Burgundy, we’re not California. We’re Oregon. We keep it real here.” – Alison Sokol Blosser
How are Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser connected?
Anna Campbell: There’s a small group of us called the Oregon Originals that came together as second-generation vintners. Our families got their start in the 70s and we've continued farming and making wines. We love each other and we really wanted to team up and create something that was fun and that also showed our solidarity but that played with the fact that we all do things a little bit differently. I like to think of 2GV as a supergroup for wine. Like, your favorite bands come together and put on a show. That's what I think we're doing with Oregon wine!
How has the industry changed since your parents started out?
Alison Sokol Blosser: As the industry has grown so much, there’s been a lot of outside investment and a lot of the early pioneers who started with our parents are no longer running their businesses. Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser are unique in that we’ve transitioned to the next generation. We’re still innovating, staying relevant, still have that same authenticity that our parents started with in the 70s. We continue to carry the banner and torch for Oregon wines across the globe.
What do you think sets Oregon apart in wine?
Alison Sokol Blosser: I’m completely biased. I’m a native Oregon and think it’s an amazing place. Beyond our vineyards and ours wines, we have a beautiful bounty of delicious things to eat, things that are grown here, animals that are raised here, the oceans, the mountains, and a climate specially suited for wine grapes. Oregon’s carved out this perfect niche for itself.
What was it like growing up on a vineyard?
Anna Campbell: It was unique. It was busy and exciting. I think it was when I was 11 years old that I could carry a case of empty bottles, and that was when I got put on the bottling line. As kids, we were really our parents' first labor force. It's changed a lot since then. We now have, you know, adults that bottle our wine. But it's so amazing to be a part of a family business and to know it so well.
What’s the experience of tasting Oregon wine in Oregon?
Alison Sokol Blosser: It’s amazing now that Oregon wines are distributed around the world. You can walk into your local wine shop and find Oregon wine, and I hope people are enjoying it in their homes. But it can’t possibly compare to enjoying it right where it was made. I love walking out in the vineyard and standing a specific block while tasting a wine that was grown in that specific block. It doesn’t get more real than that.
Why should people visit Oregon?
Alison Sokol Blosser: Oregon is such a welcoming place. Years ago, one of the marketing slogans for Travel Oregon was ‘We Love Dreamers.’ I love that because it signifies what makes Oregon so special is the people here. The people who say, ‘Yeah, we can grow wine grapes and make wine that will be distributed around the world.’ The excitement for all of us dreamers is that we get to share it with people who are equally passionate. The Oregon Originals are great examples of this. We’re essentially competitors but we’ve come together to share our pride and share our story around the world.
Explore Upcoming Trips with our Tastemakers
Switzerland with Elias Cairo
A seven-day journey through Switzerland with charcuterie expert Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions. Marvel at the raw majesty of the Swiss Alps. Explore medieval castles and quiet mountain inns. Drink little-known Swiss wines rarely available the world over and celebrate the ancient art of salumeri with one of the world’s true experts.
Mexico City with Patrick Ryan
Aztec pyramids loom below you, hovering in a hot-air balloon in the skies outside the Western Hemisphere's biggest city. With chef Patrick, a lively guy who stresses community and fun, we go ringside at a wrestling match, boat down ancient canals, meet graffiti artists and dine on Patrick's feast in our penthouse suite in hip Condesa. Get ready for fun!
Rep. of Georgia with Bonnie & Israel Morales
Seven days in the Caucasus Mountains with culinary pioneers of foods of the former Soviet Union. We'll learn to make khinkhali (dumplings), stomp grapes as part of some of the world's oldest wine traditions, hike to mountain-top churches, and master the Georgian art of toasting.