From Minnesota dreams to Oregon Wine Country reality, the Pelos Sandberg families have come a long way and learned an awful lot since 1998. Johanna and Don Sandberg (owners/winemakers) relocated from Minneapolis to Portland in 1999 to scope out the feasibility of growing grapes and making wine, specifically pinot noir, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. By the end of 2000, they had moved to the future vineyard site to oversee the land development and learn the business of growing grapes and making wine from the ground up. Family partner, Lynne Pelos (owner), lends financial-marketing support remotely and travels to the vineyard as often as possible!
From the onset, the three founders have worn many hats, including, but not limited to vineyard manager, winemaker, and all that continues to come before, after and in between.