Dion Vineyard was started in 1973 with a 5 acre purchase by Ron & Joanne Johnson. With help from Ron’s Dad Al (who had grown wine grapes in the Yakima valley) their young toddler, Kevin and the family golden retriever, they planted their first Pinot Noir vines and launched into their own Oregon wine adventure. Along the way they learned of the joys of year round vine care and the fun of cool weather grape growing.
Along the way, the successful enterprise has expanded to 60 acres — and the family expanded with a daughter Laura. The family tradition continues to this day with son Kevin taking up the reins as winemaker for the family label. A possible fourth generation has been seen in the vineyard recently… We’ll see how soon she gets the family wine bug!