Have you ever sipped wine with scenery as lovely as this? If you visit the Bickford family’s winery, you can sip wine every bit as lovely as you gaze out their tasting room windows to drink in this same vista. Consequently, this lovely painting is a picture of Oregon’s Mount Hood and graces the labels of Mt. Hood Winery’s wine bottles.
Mt. Hood Winery’s Vines Are Planted …
The Bickford brothers, their family and the staff of their winery gather every Friday for lunch to drink in this view and taste the wines of their neighbors. Yes, you read that correctly. Surprisingly, the Bickfords do not run an ordinary winery. Whereas, they drink wines from other wineries at these weekly lunch gatherings.
At the turn of the century, the Bickfords began planting their wine roots in the Columbia Gorge; however, their great grandparents had established their Bickford Family Century Farm in 1909. To begin with the Bickfords grew apples on their first 20 acre parcel and ran a grocery store. Markedly five acres of pinot noir and an acre of pinot gris grapes were planted in 2000. In effect, this was the beginning of an exciting and tasty new chapter for their family.
Farming runs through their veins and they are hard workers. As a matter of fact, these two qualities have lead them to successfully grow pears and apples commercially. Following their grape vine planting of a few acres, Steve and Don transformed a packing shed into a winery and began to create wine utilizing their grapes. Another Hood River native, Rich Cushman joined the winery in 2007 as their chief winemaker. Utilizing their beautifully grown grapes, Mt. Hood Winery has developed world class wines.
Developing a Full Rich Flavor Paired with Many Accolades
Since 2000, the Bickfords’ acres of vines have grown to include more Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer grapes. As their family farm has grown, so has demand for their wine. Currently, Mt. Hood Winery sources 70% of their own wine.
As a matter of fact, their winemaking skills have grown as they have gotten to know the personality of the grapes their farms produce. Rich Cushman has learned their grapes and paired it perfectly with his many winemaking years of experience to blend beautiful wines. As a result of their teamwork, the Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging of the “the Best of the Best” regional wines have given the Mt. Hood Winery a double platinum for its 2014 Estate Dry Riesling, the highest ranking Riesling at that event.
Significantly two”Best in Class” distinctions were awarded this terrific team at the 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition. Of over 1,000 wines entered and judged by an international panel of 21 experts, Mt. Hood Winery brought home 11 medals. That is to say, these medals are just additions to the many accolades their collaboration of efforts have received over the years.
Mt. Hood Winery Medals Earned in 2018 Cascadia Wine Competition
2015 Grenache Gold Medal / Best of Class
2015 Merlot Gold Medal / Best of Class
2017 Estate Riesling Double Gold Medal
2017 Estate Pinot Noir Rosé Gold Medal
2017 White Pinot Noir Gold Medal
NV Summit Red Blend Gold Medal
2017 Estate Pinot Gris Silver Medal
2016 Estate Pinot Noir Silver Medal
2016 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Silver Medal
2016 Estate Dry Riesling Silver Medal
2015 Zinfandel Bronze Medal
The Most Prized Award by the Bickford Winery Team Is …
However … if you ask the Mt. Hood Winery team what is the honor that makes them the most proud, it would the one that was awarded in the spring of 2016 by Wine Press NorthWest. Mt. Hood Winery was named “Oregon Winery of the Year.”
“Mt. Hood Winery has a legacy of farming and family-living in the Columbia Gorge, plus a more recent history of producing great wines,” explained Linda Barber, general manager for the winery. “Our recent success at competitions was a big factor in earning this designation.”
Obviously, the Mt. Hood Winery team is special. Their attention to every aspect of the wine that bears their name is due to the devotion they have to creating the best wines to share with their friends. After all it is difficult to explain the taste of their wine on your tongue, sharing the quality you can expect in each sip is easy. We know it will leave you thirsty for more!
Want to know more about this terrific winery team or their wine?
Saluting – Winery Heroics – Defending their winery and neighbors in the event of fires.
Would You Like to Sip One of America’s Finest Family Wines?
Of course, if you are visiting the Hood River Oregon area, we encourage you to visit the Mt. Hood Winery tasting room to drink in both their beautiful wines paired with gorgeous scenery. Plan your visit to their lovely tasting room utilizing these directions from their website.
If you would like to import some award winning wines to sip while gazing at their lovely label, our CKJY Exports team will gladly work with you to arrange your shipment. Please contact us using the form below.
Born a Southern girl, I was transplanted a few times as a Navy wife! Now, our “retired” USN family, calls CA home. As UNC business school grad, I gained lots of useful insights by finding different opportunities and challenges along our military life’s path. Love of traveling, making friends, experiencing other cultures and sharing the best of all that with everyone are now all part of me.