The Oregon Originals

Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser Wineries

In the early 1970’s, three young families settled in Oregon’s Willamette Valley with a mutual vision of making world-class Pinot noir. Now in the second generation, Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser have grown their winery operations and are recognized internationally while remaining family-owned and operated and true to their roots. Echoing the same collaborative spirit of their parents, they’ve come together to share our pride and share their story around the world through the incredible wines they produce separately and together.

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

6 Questions with The Oregon Originals

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

Oregon with Second Generation Vintners

One Departure Only | November 1 - 12, 2019

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