Bjelland Vineyards was located east of Roseburg, Oregon in the Umpqua Valley AVA. Established in 1969 by Paul and Mary Bejlland, it was one of the first vineyards established in the area. Paul, the winemaker, worked carefully on the vines, often with help from the couple’s sons, and Mary ran the the tasting room and blended the fruit wines. Bjelland’s most common varietals were White Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Mary Bjelland of Bjelland Winery. The interview took place at the Douglas County (Oregon) Museum on June 4, 2013 and covered topics including early wine industry history in Douglas County and Paul and Mary Bjelland’s involvement in the industry.