This collection features archival photographs and documents from Sokol Blosser Winery as part of the Oregon Wine History Archive. Some items in this collection were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest. For additional historical background and collection inventory, please see the Guide to the Sokol Blosser Winery Collection 1966-2012.
Interview (Susan 2013)
Susan Sokol Blosser is the co-founder of Sokol Blosser Winery. She is seen as one of the pioneers in the Oregon Wine Industry and spearheaded many projects that has guided the industry to where it is now. Since then, she has stepped down as President of Sokol Blosser Winery, allowing her children, Alex and Alison, to take over the reins. Susan was interviewed as part of the “Beyond the Vines” project with the Linfield College Center for the Northwest.
Interview (Susan 2010)
Susan and Bill Sokol Blosser bought their first land in 1970, an abandoned prune orchard 30 miles south of Portland. In 1971, they cleared the land and planted their first vines. The winery was completed in 1977, in time to produce their first house vintage. In 1996, Sokol Blosser Vineyards became the first vineyard to be certified “Salmon-Safe.” The next year, the vineyards joined LIVE. The second generation, Alex and Allison Sokol Blosser, became co-presidents in 2008 and shortly after taking over the winery/vineyard, Sokol Blosser became certified by Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine (OCSW).
In this interview, Susan Sokol Blosser tells what brought her to the industry and what it was like in the beginning. She shares many of the key events that have lead to the success of Oregon Wine today, such as the end of the pole bean industry and how it helped the wine industry get on its feet. She also highlights the role of women in the industry.
Interview (Susan 2007)
This interview is with Susan Sokol Blosser, co-founder of Sokol Blosser Winery. She discusses the “back to the land” mentality that she focused on in the early years, the challenges of the changing culture of the industry, sustainable farming, and her experiences in the wine industry.
Interview (Susan 2004)
A founder of Sokol Blosser Winery, Susan has been involved in the industry in multiple ways. Getting her hands dirty as vineyard manager to the business side as winery president, she has been a community activist focused on sustainability from the start. She takes pride in the winery’s ecologically-friendly practices and certifications, and she has helped lead Oregon wine to success by producing award-winning wines from the beginning.
In this interview, Sokol Blosser focuses on the many green practices of Sokol Blosser Winery, the state industry, and some of the seminal events of the 1980s.
Interview (Bill 2016)
This interview is with Bill Blosser who is one of the founders of Sokol Blosser winery. He first talks about what it was like being one of the first people to make wine in Oregon, land use in the state and then going on to the future of the wine industry in Oregon.
The interview takes place in the Austin Reading Room at Linfield College on January 8th, 2016.
“We recognized after just a few years was that one of the problems was that we shouldn’t allow any wine tasting until the business part of the meeting was over. Because we would get there and everyone would bring a nice bottle of wine and we would start sharing a nice bottle of wine around and slowly the meeting just got longer and longer. So we instituted a rule fairly early on that we don’t get to taste the wines until the business part of the meeting is done. So we could efficiently get the business part done and then we could enjoy just chatting, talking and having a glass of wine.” 00:44:25
This collection features archival photographs from Sokol Blosser Winery as part of the Oregon Wine History Archive. Some items were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest.
This collection features archival documents from Sokol Blosser Winery as part of the Oregon Wine History Archive. Some items were initially digitized as part of the Oregon Wine History Project™, a collaborative research venture from the Linfield Center for the Northwest.