Sokol Blosser in the City
Sokol Blosser Winery a 'Most Admired' company by Portland Business Journal
Sokol Blosser was recently named a "Most Admired" company by The Portland Business Journal! The article was originally published in the Portland Business Journal and written by Robert Goldfield
People, planet and profit are part of the philosophy at Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton.
“We’re making choices to serve all three,” said Alex Sokol Blosser, co-president. “Employees, the earth and the profitability to stay in business.”
Sokol Blosser was ranked No. 10 among agricultural and forest products companies by Oregon CEOs surveyed as part of the Business Journal's 2012 Most Admired Companies project.
Contributing writer Maria L. Kirkpatrick recently spoke with Alex regarding the company’s sustainability initiatives and filed this report.
Green is indeed taken seriously and sustainability is common sense for a business that relies on the earth for its product.
“Mom and Dad always felt they were good to the earth,” Alex said. “This meant different things at different times.”
Sustainability is ever changing as new information is discovered. The winery strives to be aware of its impact on people and earth.
In 1996 it became the first winery to be certified Salmon Safe for not using chemical pesticides that could harm salmon through runoff. In 2002, it became the first U.S. winery to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. And 2005 saw the winery receive full USDA organic certification. Solar panels to provide the business with natural energy went live in 2007. In 2009, Sokol Blosser product became Oregon Certified Sustainable Wine.
Under construction is a new tasting room that will offer several spaces and a tailored hospitality experience. Relaxing seating will be available for those who want to sip and savor as well as a service counter to serve those who want to quickly taste and move on.
Upon completion this summer, it should be the first Living Building Challenge certified structure in Oregon.
The biggest challenge this year, Alex said, has been to find new people to replace key employees that moved on to bigger and better opportunities. Business in 2012 has been good. Things are moving forward and siblings Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser are working to take it to the next level.
Susan Sokol began the winery with her husband Bill Blosser in 1971, before Oregon had a wine industry. Today, the winery spreads across 125 acres, employs 25 and annually produces 80,000 cases of wine.
The original article can be found here: http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/2012/12/sokol-blosser-winery-becomes-a-most.html?&page=all
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Harvest is Upon Us
"This is the cleanest fruit I’ve seen in a long time and while I would like to take credit for that from our awesome organic farming practices, it has also been the driest summer on record. The weather has been dialed in for us to have an amazing harvest."
Enrique, this year's Harvest Mascot agrees.
Enrique approves this Pinot grapes.
There's still time to come enjoy the hustle and bustle of harvest time this weekend! Sunny weather is (still) in the forecast.
Enrique hopes to see you soon. He'll be out on the crush pad, overseeing operations.