Christopher Bridge Cellars and Satori Springs Vineyard are owned and managed by the Carlberg family since their inception in 2001 and 1998 respectively. Chris’ parents Ragnhild and Wolfgang Carlberg purchased the nearly 80-acre farm in 1952 primarily for its stunning Willamette Valley views and close proximity to Portland.
They raised their family of three children here while primarily working the ground with their hands. The farm was a simple affair with beef cattle and blackcaps as the main crops. In 1993, ownership passed to Chris and Susanne Carlberg. After 30 years in teaching here and in Germany, Chris decided to devote himself to a new career in the wine industry with an initial planting of 3,600 vinifera vines and establishing Satori Springs Vineyard in 1998. The estate winery followed in 2007 with the addition of an NW timber-frame style tasting room in 2009. Now in its 22nd year since first planted to Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, Satori Springs Vineyard has grown in size to nearly 20 acres and 10 additional varietals, among them Kerner, Ehrenfelser, Sauvignon Blanc, Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Siegerrebe, Grüner Veltliner, Siegerrebe, Muscat and Chardonnay. All Christopher Bridge wines are sourced from fruit grown exclusively on Satori Springs Vineyard and vinified on-site under the direction of Chris Carlberg.