Winemaker, Founder, President
Mark Vlossak is the Founder, President, and Winemaker of St. Innocent Winery in Jefferson, Oregon. Mark's exposure to wine began at the age of seven when he began tasting wines daily with his father, a metallurgist, wine lover, wine educator and importer. During his university training, he developed a love for Champagne. Originally trained as a theatrical designer, Mark moved to Oregon in 1980 to complete his training as a Pediatric Physician Assistant. He was inspired to make wine after reading an article in 1983 stating that Oregon was the perfect place in the US to make sparkling wine. From 1987-1989 Mark apprenticed with Fred Arterberry, Jr., one of the first Oregonians to make vineyard designated Pinot noir, as well the first person to make Oregon sparkling wine. In 1988, he studied wine analysis under Lisa Van de Water at the Wine Lab in Napa, CA.
Mark founded St. Innocent, Ltd. in 1988 and has been its Winemaker and President since its inception. He also served as winemaker for Panther Creek Cellars from 1994 through 1999. At the 2001 Unified Symposium for Viticulture and Enology, Vlossak represented Oregon on the International Focus on Pinot noir panel. He has been involved in Oregon Pinot Camp since it inception in 2000, served on its Board of Directors for 9 years and was OPC President. 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", 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 our for "Heritage Vineyards" - Temperance Hill, Shea, Momtazi and Freedom Hill - to find the perfect balance in the fruit.
Mark is passionate about food, and his wines are crafted to pair with food. Together with Vickianne, they create all the food pairings and cook all our Winemaker lunches and dinners. Being available to customers, both the trade and visitors to our Tasting Room, is an important part of telling his story. Traveling to Europe each year provides exposure to different approaches to grape growing and winemaking in a wide variety of regions and grape varietals. It also keeps him connected to old world traditions. Mark lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife Vickianne and they have three girls.
Business Manager & Special Events Coordinator
Vickianne is a native of southern Missouri, where she grew up drinking beer at her home on Table Rock Lake. She started her career as a registered nurse, and later moved to Oregon to attend Willamette Law School. After practicing law for many years, a mutual friend introduced her to Mark in 1998. They were married a short time later in early 1999. After marrying Mark, her wine “learning curve” looked more like a 90-degree angle! She joined St. Innocent Winery in 2013 on a full time basis. Her multi-faceted experience make her an invaluable part of the team. Her responsibilities include supervising the kitchen, legal duties, and HR tasks. She is passionate about St. Innocent’s charity events, professional education, and wine dinners.
Assistant Winemaker & National Sales Coordinator
During the summer of 2009, Alana moved here from Connecticut in order to pursue a career in our wine industry. Having completed the WSET Intermediate and Advanced wine education courses prior to her move, she was seeking an opportunity to participate in winemaking. Known as the Jack of All Trades, she is an invaluable part of the team. She contributes actively in the cellar; travels nationally to sell wine, works as part of our social media marketing team and also cooks for special events! When she's not busy working, you'll find her running, baking, or at a sporting event.
WineClub and Internet Sales Manager
While working in the world of IT, Felice and her siblings would often go on wine excursions together. In 2007 she decided to make a career change and get into the wine industry herself. She has never looked back, often bragging to customers that, unlike IT, she has “never had a bad day in wine”. When she isn’t selling or tasting wine, you can find Felice playing volleyball, race walking, and dancing.