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If anyone asks me what my favorite winery is my answer always is Beaux Frères. Not only is the wine superb, but the staff is so friendly and accommodating that each time we visit it seems like our tasting is better than ever. Beaux Frères Vineyard is located on an 88-acre farm atop Ribbon Ridge near Newberg, Oregon. The Vineyards are composed of the Upper Terrace and the Beaux Frères Vineyard.
Beaux Frères is was originally bought by Michael Etzel, a very well-known wine maker in the Willamette Valley, and his brother-in-law Robert Parker, hence the name of the vineyard. Now the vineyard is owned by Michael Etzel, Robert Roy, and the eighth-generation French family-owned Maisons & Domaines Henriot. The winemaker is Mike Etzel, Michael’s son. (I know that I know quite a bit about this winery–I’ve visited about 10 times and I pick up a lot hearing the story.)
The wines of Beaux Frères reminds me a lot of the wines that we had the pleasure of drinking in France. They are Pinot Noir grapes, but full-bodied. Not only are they producing their signature Pinot Noir wines but also have introduced a Chardonnay in the past few years.
There are two types of tastings, the Classic Tasting ($25 per person)and the Vineyard/Winery Tour Tasting ($75 per person). All tastings are by appointment only.
On this trip we enjoyed a Classic Tasting on the new patio area in front of the tasting room. The weather was fantastic and we all really enjoyed ourself. During our tasting we stopped by the pig pen and visited Porkchop and one of her offspring.
I definitely can’t recommend Beaux Frères enough. The wine is absolutely the best part, but the grounds and winery are definitely can’t miss attractions. Be warned–it is very cold inside of the winery, so wear a jacket. (Total time at Beaux Frères was 1.5 hours, 10:00am -11:30am.)
Our second winery of the day was Penner-Ash. Penner-Ash Wine Cellars is located in Northern Willamette Valley. The story of Penner-Ash is fantastic. It was started by the first woman winemaker of note in Oregon and her husband, Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash back in 1998. Penner-Ash produces fantastic Pinot Noir wines as well as Rosé, Syrah, and Viognier.
While the wines are absolutely fantastic, the grounds, tasting room, and views definitely steal the show. We enjoyed a leisurely visit on the main terrace and then ventured down to the Oak Grove and the picnic area to enjoy a picnic lunch.
Penner-Ash offers a Signature Tasting ($25 per person waived with a 1-bottle purchase) and a Reserve Tasting ($50 per person waived with a 2-bottle purchase). Reservations are required for groups of 6 or more. (Total time at Penner-Ash was 2 hours, including lunch from 12:00-2:00pm.)
Our third stop on Day Three was Furioso Vineyards. Furioso Vineyards is gorgeous winery located in Dundee, Oregon. This winery is another one of those with fantastic wines, but has a tasting room that is absolutely incredible. Furioso is owned by Italian artist Giorgio Furioso, whom we had the pleasure of meeting at our tasting.
According to our guide, Furioso wines are meant to be enjoyed with food, the Italian way. The wines are aged in French oak and are bottled unfined and unfiltered in order to maintain their identity and authenticity. The goal of Furioso is to capture their natural acidity and tannins that will also give them a great potential for aging in your cellar.
Furioso Vineyards offers Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines available during their Standard Tasting ($20 per person, waived with a $75 purchase). Parties of 6 or more require a reservation.(Total time at Furioso Vineyards was 1 hour, from 2:30-3:30pm and we walked next door to our next stop.)
Domaine Roy & Fils
Our last stop of Day Two was at another of my favorite wineries, Domaine Roy & Fils. Located in Dundee, Oregon on an old 21-acre filbert farm, they offer Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and their signature Iron Filbert and Quartz Acorn Pinot Noirs made by their winemaker Jared Etzel. The winery is owned by Jared Etzel and Robert and Marc-Andre Roy.
Domaine Roy also has a show-stopping tasting room and views. We enjoyed a Classic Tasting on our trip where we enjoyed several different varieties including Incline, Petite Incline, and Quartz Acorn. We also enjoyed the Chardonnay, which is a crowd favorite.
Domaine Roy & Fils offers three different tastings: Origin Tasting ($25 per person), Iron & Quartz Tasting ($55 per person), and the Heritage Tasting ($85 per person). (Total time spent at Domaine Roy & Fils was 1.5 hours 3:30-5:00pm.)
All of the wineries that we visited are definitely ones that should not be missed. Each one boasts fantastic wines and amazing tasting areas.
The Responsible Adults…
So I definitely want to give a shout out to my handsome nephew, Auston, who braved our group and was our designated driver for part of the weekend. He was a great sport putting up with all of us crazy ladies and kept us nice and safe.
Since all the wineries close at 5pm, we decided to enjoy a dinner in Newberg at Newbugundian. After, we decided to make it an early night since we still had another day of wine tasting starting early the next morning.
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