The Vineyards. The Beaux Frères vineyards are located on an 86-acre farm in Yamhill County's Willamette Valley. Majestic Douglas fir trees comprise just under 50 acres of the farm, with the homestead and barns occupying another six acres. The vineyard is situated on 30 acres of steep contiguous hillsides that enjoy an exceptional south/southwest exposure.

The property, purchased in 1987 by Michael Etzel and the noted wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., was named Beaux Frères (the brothers-in-law). A few years later Robert Roy, a Pinot Noir and red burgundy enthusiast from Quebec, became the third member of the Beaux Frères partnership.

Plantings of Pinot Noir began in 1988 with seven different clones regimented into tightly spaced rows that provide approximately four time the density found in other Oregon and California Pinot Noir vineyards. In 2000 we begin planting approximately eight acres of vines nearly adjacent to Beaux Frères. Only the new Dijon clones will be utilized in this tightly spaced vineyard that has a perfect south/southeasterly exposure. We have not yet chosen a name for this new parcel, which resembles the famous dome in France's renowned Hermitage appellation. Our first vintage from what promises to be a potentially superb site will be 2003.

Beaux Frères strives to produce world-class Pinot Noir following classical Burgundian viticultural and winemaking techniques. We seek to exploit the extraordinary fruit quality that Oregon can attain where physiological maturity is combined with exceptionally low yields.

Beaux Frères / 15155 NE North Valley Road / Newberg, OR 97132 / 503-537-1137

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