The 2GV Project – 2nd Generation Vintners

Adam and I on the old two-wheeler in 1982

When our family settled in Gaston and planted grapevines in 1974, most people in the Willamette Valley thought my folks were crazy. At the time no one had heard of a (good) Oregon wine.

My parents were fiercely independent, but soon they realized that they couldn’t make Oregon wine succeed all by themselves. They needed a strong community. And they shared a vision of making world-class Pinot Noir with other back-to-the-landers like the Ponzis and the Sokol Blossers. Together, these families built a famously collaborative winemaking region, gaining international recognition for Oregon wines along the way.

Now in the second generation, Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser remain family-owned and true to our roots. We share a history, but we also share a vision of the future as we look to the third generation.

The 2GV team from left to right: Maria Ponzi, Luisa Ponzi, Alison Sokol Blosser, Alex Sokol Blosser, Anna Campbell & Adam Campbell

My brother and I, together with Luisa and Maria Ponzi, Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser, created the 2GV project to explore this shared history and to plan for our shared future. We’ve created a collaborative Pinot Noir, a fascinating “hand vs land” seminar, and we’ve also teamed up with a local travel company on a 6-day harvest adventure to Oregon!

Join us and get to know these Oregon Originals and the 2nd Generation Vintners project. Cheers!

-Anna Campbell

2GV Seminar
Saturday, July 14th 2-4 pm

Join 2GV, the 2nd Generation Vintners, for an informative wine tasting seminar.

We invite you to spend an afternoon with us in a tasting of “hand versus land” exploring the effects of vineyard site and winemaking style. Taste through the nine component wines and the final blend of the collaborative Pinot Noir made by the Elk Cove, Ponzi and Sokol Blosser siblings.

The collaborative winemaking team will guide you in this tasting while telling tales and answering your questions about growing up on the vineyard – and planning for the future of their Oregon original wineries.

$35 club, $50 general public
One tasting fee waived with a 2 bottle purchase

July 14th, 2019 2-4pm

SOLD OUT

2GV Oregon Originals Pinot Noir Cuvée – $100/bottle

Echoing the same collaborative spirit of their parents, together we’ve blended the fruit of each original vineyard into one single expression of Pinot Noir, highlighting the unique sites and individual styles of the winemakers.
PONZI VINEYARDS  36%
ELK COVE VINEYARDS  32%
SOKOL BLOSSER WINERY  32%
150 cases donated
150 cases available for purchase

2GV Oregon Travel With Modern Adventure
October 6-12, 2019

Modern Adventure teams up with Portland food and wine celebrities on their outbound trips… Now they’re doing a trip with a focus on our own backyard, featuring the Second Generation Vintners!

 

2016 Willamette Valley Pinot – Gold Medal In The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Our 2016 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  has been honored with a Gold Medal in the largest competition of American wines in the world!

After receiving more than 6,800 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

A complete listing of the 2019 results, sort-able by price point and category, can be found at winejudging.com.

In the second week of January, over 60 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members) or Best of Class. Learn more about the competition here.

 

2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir – Gold Medal In The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Our 2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir has been awarded a Gold Medal in the largest competition of American wines in the world!

After receiving more than 6,800 entries from 35 states across the country, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) has once again successfully narrowed thousands of wines down to an exclusive few.

A complete listing of the 2019 results, sort-able by price point and category, can be found at winejudging.com.

In the second week of January, over 60 skilled judges from a variety of fields including trade, education, media, retail and hospitality traveled to the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County to determine the best wines in the USA. Utilizing an extensive process that divides the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the event gave the panels the chance to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold, “Double Gold” (equivalent to a unanimous rating by all panel members) or Best of Class. Learn more about the competition here.

Elk Cove a “Hot Brand” for 2018

Wine Business Magazine has chosen Elk Cove as a “Hot Brand” for 2018!

“As a region, Oregon’s Willamette Valley had been producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for decades, and the Campbell family has been a steward of those grapes since the beginning.”

According to Wine Business Monthly, this means we’re doing a good job of representing the American wine industry. They’re featuring our 100% Pinot Noir Brut Rosé – read more when the full report comes out in February.

So are you drinking more Oregon bubbly? How do you think our 2015 Brut Rosé represents trends in American wine? We’d love to hear what you think. Email us at info@elkcove.com. Cheers!

The Wine Business Monthly is the nation’s leading publication for wineries and growers.

Read more here.

2017 Pinot Gris – Gold Medal and “Reserve Class Champion”

Our 2017 Pinot Gris received a gold medal and was named “Reserve Class Champion” in the 2019 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! wine competition.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo hosts several events including an international wine competition, a food competition and wine auction. Guests can visit the “Champion Wine Garden” to enjoy the top wines from each year’s competition:

“Wines from around the world enter this elite, privately judged competition held in November. Winning wines can be tasted during the Roundup & Best Bites Competition and at the Champion Wine Garden.

The 2019 International Wine Competition judging included 3,156 entries from 18 different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa. Texas wineries represented 413 entries, and 370 entries came from this year’s featured region, California’s Central Coast.”

This score is posted online at rodeohouston.com

2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir – 93 points in The Tasting Panel Magazine

Our 2016 Five Mountain Pinot Noir received an outstanding 93 points in The Tasting Panel’s Blue Reviews:

“Silky, succulent, and refreshing with cherry and savory notes, this is a testament to what Oregon can accomplish in the hands of a fine winemaking tradition at a great winery.” –Anthony Dias Blue

This review posted in the November 2018 issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine and at tastingpanelmag.com.

For each issue, Anthony Dias Blue selects the best wines among hundreds sampled. The wines are rated according to a 100 point scale:

95-100: Classic
90-94: Outstanding
85-89: Very Good

2015 Brut Rosé: Year’s Best Summer Sparklers

Our 2015 Brut Rosé was awarded 92 points by  Wine & Spirits Magazine and was featured in their “Year’s Best Summer Sparklers.”

“This is Elk Cove’s second vintage of a sparkling rosé, made with fruit from some of the oldest vines on the property. It starts off with a soft and elegant mousse and a whiff of lees and plum juice. The flavors are juicy and linear, with plenty of acidity to balance the fruit. It’s ripe and seductive, with a mildly earthy finish.” – Patrick J. Comiskey

Read the full article – along with 14 other ratings of top Oregon sparkling wines – in the August 2019 Issue of Wine & Spirits magazine. Cheers!

 

2017 Pinot Blanc – Double Gold in Six Nations Wine Challenge

We’re excited to announce our 2017 Pinot Blanc was awarded Double Gold in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge! It was not only the highest rated Pinot Blanc, but also a top wine of its class.

Since 2003, Six Nations Wine Challenge invites prominent wine experts from each of the leading New World wine countries: USA, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The experts nominate their top 100 wines to be included in the competition. At a week-long convention in Sydney Australia, the judges blind taste hundreds of nominated wines.

“Because the wines are all selected by each of the judges the standard of wine quality must surely be higher than any competition of this size in the world” – Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine

This score posted online at sixnationswine.com 

 

 

2016 Mount Richmond – 91 Points in Connoisseurs’ Guide

Our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received 91 Points from Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine:

“The richest and most extracted of the three Elk Cove Pinots and a wine that delivers a full measure of concentrated, very insistent fruit, the winery’s Mount Richmond bottling is a weighty, well-structured offering that commends cellaring if it is to grow into its best. It admittedly impresses presently with its considerable depth, but it deserves to be set aside for several more years, and patience is certain to bring appreciable reward.”

This review posts in their November 2018 issue and at www.cgcw.com.

2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir – Gold in Six Nations Wine Challenge

We’re excited to announce our 2016 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir received a Gold medal in the 2018 Six Nations Wine Challenge!

Since 2003, Six Nations Wine Challenge invites prominent wine experts from each of the leading New World wine countries: USA, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The experts nominate their top 100 wines to be included in the competition. At a week-long convention in Sydney Australia, the judges blind taste hundreds of nominated wines.

“Because the wines are all selected by each of the judges the standard of wine quality must surely be higher than any competition of this size in the world” – Bob Campbell, New Zealand Master of Wine

This score posted online at sixnationswine.com 

 

 

Harvest 2018

Welcome to the Harvest 2018 report! Each year we document the vintage with a photo gallery. Scroll down for notes on the progression of the most exciting season here in wine country.
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