Dundee, OR. (February 24, 2021) – Knudsen Vineyards is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a series of interviews with wine celebrities who have been part of the history of this Willamette Valley pioneer. Under the title The View from Knudsen Vineyards : Brian Crozier (owner of Tapanappa in Adelaide Hills, Australia), Veronica Drouhin (winemaker at Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy and Domaine Drouhin in Oregon) and Rollin Soles (winemaker at ROCO Winery in the Willamette Valley), among others, examine the past, present and future of Dundee Hills, Oregon. The virtual event series begins on the 9th. Walk with Dick Erath, founder of the eponymous Erath Winery.
Perspectives from Knudsen Vineyards, directed by storyteller and podcast host Brian Bushlach and hosted by Paige Knudsen Coles, introduces guests who have played a role in this legendary vineyard founded 50 years ago. The series will also focus on the development of the Willamette Valley into a world-class wine region, recounting the beginnings of the burgeoning wine industry and talking about the future.
We are honored that so many of Oregon’s pioneers, whom we admire and with whom we have a close relationship, are joining us to celebrate the occasion, said Paige Knudsen Coles, managing partner of Knudsen Vineyards, whose parents founded the company in 1971. While this series of interviews aims to celebrate and document the past, we also want to celebrate this special anniversary by looking to the future.
The virtual series takes place every second Tuesday of the month, from March through August. Local winemakers participating in the series will also be invited to Knudsen Vineyards’ tasting room on the Saturday following their respective performances. Below is the full description of the program and episodes.
Participation is free and registration is possible for individual episodes or for all series. Registration and more information is available on the series’ website:
Tuesday the 9th. March,
5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST
Episode 1 : A conversation with Dick Erath
Our first episode celebrating 50 years of Knudsen Vineyards begins where it all began. We invite wine legend Dick Erath to reflect on his longstanding collaboration with Cal Knudsen. In 1972, Dick and Cal undertook the most ambitious vineyard planting of their time together in the hills of Dundee, with over 50 acres in the first three years. They shared their vision and saw the incredible potential of the area – an area they would help shape through the creation of Knudsen Erath Winery, the first winery in the Dundee Hills. Join us for a conversation with one of the most important pioneers in Oregon wine history.
Tuesday the 13th. April,
5:00pm PST /8:00pm EST
Episode 2 : Conversation with Rollin Soles
A champagne-loving Texas winemaker is one of Oregon’s best known. Rollin Soles, winemaker and founder of Argyle Winery, met Cal Knudsen and Knudsen Vineyards in 1986. Rollins’ sparkling wines in Argyle have been acclaimed around the world, and Cal quickly became a mentor and friend. Through their kinship, Knudsen Vineyards became the founding vineyard of Argyle, a relationship that continues to this day. Today, Rollin is the winemaker for ROCO Winery, which produces fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, including a vineyard called Knudsen Vineyards.
Tuesday the 11th. May
5pm PST / 8pm EST
Episode 3 : A Conversation with Allison and Alex Sokol Blosser
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Sokol Blosser family as winemakers and vineyard owners in the Willamette Valley. This conversation with Alison Sokol Blosser and Alex Sokol Blosser, siblings and co-chairs, highlights the parallels and intersections between the lives of two wineries in Dundee Hills and the second generation leading them. This presentation will also showcase the exciting collaboration between the two families.
Tuesday the eighth. June
Noon PST / 3pm EST
Episode 4 : Conversation with Veronic Boss-Druchen
When the famed Burgundian house of Joseph Druchen purchased 100 acres in the Dundee Hills to grow pinot noir in 1987, Cal Knudsen knew the Willamette Valley was destined for greatness. Cal had great respect for Robert Drouhin and admired the exceptional quality and elegance of Drouhin wines from Burgundy, Chablis and now Oregon. Today, Robert’s daughter, the talented winemaker Véronique Boss-Drouhin, joins his family to run Domaine Drouhin Oregon. Veronica has produced more than 30 wines in France and Oregon and is considered an icon in both countries. In 2019, she was honored with France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor. His legacy has fostered a partnership between Burgundy and Oregon that has benefited the Willamette Valley wine region in Oregon. Veronica joins us live from Burgundy, France to talk about her family’s early involvement in Oregon.
Tuesday the 13th. July,
5pm PST / 8pm EST
Episode 5 : Conversation with Allen and Jackson Holstein
Allen Holstein is considered one of Oregon’s premier winemakers. He began his career in viticulture in 1980 as vineyard manager for Knudsen Vineyards, where he planted and replanted nearly 200 acres in his 40-year career. Knudsen Vineyards is a carefully curated collection of grape blocks planted at different heights, spacing, row orientations and clone types, and Allen knows all their expressions. His son, Jackson Holstein, grew up in the Knudsen Vineyards and produces wine under his own label, Granville Wines – including a bottle from our vineyard. The winery is a family affair and we hope you will attend this meeting with us.
Tuesday the 10th. August,
5 PST / 8 PM EST
Episode 6 : A conversation with Brian CroserBrian Croser is a renowned Australian winemaker and vintner who founded the award-winning Petaluma Wines in the Adelaide Hills in 1976. In 1986, Brian came to Oregon to create a sparkling wine with Rollin Soules, Titan Argyle Winery. They soon partnered with Cal Knudsen and attracted Knudsen vineyards as the source of Argyle’s founding fruit. Cal then became co-owner and president of Argyle. Brian currently owns and wineries Tapanappa in Australia, in partnership with the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages in Pauillac. Brian joins us live from Australia to tell stories about Cal Knudsen and the beginnings of bigotry in Oregon.