St. Innocent Winery
St. Innocent Winery was established In 1988, by Mark Vlossak in Jefferson, Oregon. Named after his father, Mark spent the five years studying, taking classes, and apprenticing with Oregon wine pioneer, Fred Arterberry in order to produce wines that respect the quality and tradition of the Old World in one of the newest and most exciting wine growing regions on the planet: Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Mark has been the Winemaker and President since St. Innocent’s inception. He made the Wine Advocate’s first 94 point wine in 1994 and by 2002 had made six of the first twelve 94 point wines. Mark was honored by the Wine Advocate in 2002 and again in 2004 as one of their “Wine Personalities of the Year.” He is one of two Oregon Winemakers to receive that honor.
At St. Innocent, Mark produces roughly 6,000 cases per year. This includes Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc; however, Mark is best known for an impressive portfolio of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, wines with a sense of place. He works closely with the Winegrowers at “Heritage Vineyards” – Temperance Hill, Shea, Momtazi and Freedom Hill – to find the perfect balance in the fruit.