The Mark Wine News Spring '18 Volume 8.2 - Page 5

O T o the north, in the Dundee Hills, Sokol Blosser is our partner of the last two years. The Brother and sister team, Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser, who are the children of founders Bill and Susan Sokol Blosser, run the winery. Alex oversees winemaking and Alison oversees the sales and marketing. Evolution was introduced in 1998 and right out of the gate, Evolution White pretty much took the industry by storm. F W T A nother leading brand, situated at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley just southwest of Eugene, is King Estate, The Mark Wine Group’s newest Oregon partner. Established in 1990, the Estate is treated as an organic eco-system. It features a thriving Raptor Program, orchards, lush vegetable and fruit gardens, a gourmet restaurant, and state-of- the-art winemaking facility. SPRING 2018 NEW L ast but not least, 60 Souls is project by Pacific Highway, utilizing the vineyards that used to go into Evening Land’s Oregon project. An 1842 census of the original Oregon Territory made reference to a group of settlers as known as the ‘60 Souls’. v hen Bacchus Wine Works partnered with Vintage Point, we also added another great small boutique wine brand to our portfolio, Panther Creek. The brand was founded in 1986 by Ken Wright, and today Tony Rynders, formerly of Domaine Serene makes the wines. he Mark Wine Group’s Oregon portfolio has always been anchored by long time partner Willamette Valley Vineyards, founded by Jim Bernau in 1983. The winery is based near Salem, Oregon, about half way between Portland and Eugene. Jim achieved his 30-year dream of becoming an Estate Pinot Noir three years ago and is growing from strength to strength and is considered one the leading wines of the Oregon wine industry. iresteed joined our portfolio in 2017 through our partnership with Vintage Wine Estates. When Firesteed first began making wine back in 1993, they were dedicated to two things; making sustainable, and premium quality varietal wines at affordable prices, and that tradition carries on today under the new ownership. regon is a growing area in the wine world with many major investments into the region over the past 10 years, and this trend has not escaped The Mark Wine Group’s President & Founder Mark Gmur. “Oregon is a fast growing and popular segment of the wine market with wine sales above the total table wine category at every price point up 17% nationwide by volume in 2017. Almost all of that is driven at premium price points. With our portfolio of Oregon wines, we can deliver more options at varying price levels and quality, from all areas of the Willamette Valley, from Dundee, to Salem to Eugene and from some of the true pioneers of the Oregon wine industry. This is the strongest offering from any portfolio in the On Premise National Account arena” says Gmur. MWG OREGON QUIETLY BECOMING THE CHAMPION FOR WINE 3