Oregon Trail Sneak Peak: An “Old Dog” Learns a New Trick

by The Traveling Winers

And here is the “old dog” himself, sitting astride his new toy, ready to enjoy “quiet time” with himself, his tractor, and Ole Mother Nature.

Photo courtesy of Vidon Vineyards

Meet Don Hagge, the young man otherwise known, in our story, as “the old dog”. So, how are we so bold to call this man, one whom we have never met, an “old dog”? Well, continue reading and we’re sure you will come to the conclusion that our descriptor is most accurate and would not offend Mr. Don Hagge.

Here are just some of Don’s accomplishments: Pilot in the Korean War, Ph.D. in physics from U.C. Berkley, Executive MBA from Stanford, NASA physicist from Apollo 7 through Apollo 13, worked and owned high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley, and at the age of 69..….(hey you, wake up! this is the “old dog” comment justification part!)……bought some Oregon land and founded Vidon Vineyards. Don is now 85 years old and continues plugging away at the business, constantly thinking of better ways to do things in a winery operation and then going out and designing and manufacturing them to bring them to life. See?! “Old dog, new tricks”. Very active “old dog”, we might add!

Producing about 2,500 cases per year, Certified Sustainable both in the vineyard and the winery, Vidon focuses mainly on, none other than, Pinot Noir. However, about three years ago they also introduced Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Syrah, and Tempranillo.

Elizabeth and Miki are lucky enough to be heading to Oregon in a couple of weeks and will be meeting with Don and begging his forgiveness for referring to him in the “old dog” context. We’re hoping that at the ripe ‘ole age of 85 he will be kind enough to give us a pass! *wink, wink* Our meeting with Don is on Wednesday, May 10th at about 10:30 am. We would love to have you join us! RSVP here.

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