Dragon’s Vineyard wines are the realized dream of Trudy Salerno. She makes three different Pinot Noirs from her 2 acre vineyard in Monroe, Oregon, and a Rosé of Pinot Noir, a semi-sweet Riesling, and a French-style Chardonnay, and a semi-sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir, the Medieval Dragon.
Trudy’s path to wine stretches from her work as a veterinarian and as a member of the Army Reserve – deployed three times to the Middle East plus on many humanitarian missions to Japan and other South Asian countries. While recovering from an injury she sustained in Iraq, she took the opportunity to take all OSU’s viticulture and enology classes – which had not existed 30 years ago when she was an undergraduate.
After completing the classes at OSU, Salerno did a six-week internship at Sugarloaf Winery in New Zealand. She remembers that coming into the airport, she could see that the whole end of the South Island was covered with vineyards.