The French family-owned wine group Maisons & Domaines Henriot today announced it has acquired, through its American subsidiary, Maisons & Domaines Henriot America, majority ownership in Oregon-based Beaux Frères Vineyard, a leading producer of Oregon Pinot Noir. Maisons & Domaines Henriot has joined with founding partners MichaelG. Etzel and Robert Parker Jr.
Beaux Frères will continue to be managed by Michael Etzel, now President, with his son Mike D. Etzel as Co-Head Winemaker. Richard Moreau, CEO of Maisons & Domaines Henriot, has been named Chairman.
Beaux Frères, one of the early established wineries in Oregon, is among the most iconic Willamette Valley estates. The 88 acre property in the esteemed American Viticultural Area (AVA) Ribbon Ridge, was purchased in 1986 by Etzel and his brother-in-law, Robert Parker Jr. In 1988, Etzel and Parker planted five acres of Pinot Noir and the estate has since expanded to 25 vineyard acres. Beaux Frères’ third partner, Robert Roy, joined in 1991. The winery was built around the site’s historic barn to accommodate Beaux Frères’ inaugural wine production one year later. The Upper Terrace Vineyard, a second estate in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, was planted in 2000, adding another nine acres of vines. Ribbon Ridge has become the most sought-after sub-AVA in the Willamette Valley. Both estates have south-facing slopes and are farmed according to organic and biodynamic principles.
“The addition of the Beaux Frères Winery is a perfect fit with the traditions and values of my family built over many generations,” said Gilles de Larouzière, President of Maisons and Domaines Henriot. “Our unflinching standards, combined with the extraordinary wine-making talent of Michael Etzel, enriches our group tremendously. It is with great pleasure that we welcome Beaux Frères and its highly talented team. In the warmth that we immediately felt in our discussions with the Etzel family, I sensed a meeting of the minds and the flame of shared artistic passion and know-how.”
Michael Etzel, founder of Beaux Frères and now President commented “Thirty-one years ago, my young family moved to Oregon with the dream of planting Pinot Noir. At the start of this journey, I never imagined that a partnership with one of the world’s most respected wine producers would be our destiny. I am so proud of the Beaux Frères team and of the Oregon wine industry. The proven quality and recognition of our wines is such that a family group like Maisons & Domaines Henriot, which cultivates in Champagne and Burgundy more than 324 acres of some of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the world, is ready to invest in Oregon.”
Richard Moreau, CEO of the Maisons & Domaines Henriot group, shared his enthusiasm “Beaux Frères will magnificently enrich the group’s already exceptional portfolio and is a perfect complement to Bouchard Père et Fils, producer of outstanding Burgundy wines. With Champagne Henriot, Bouchard Père & Fils, William Fèvre, Château de Poncié and now Beaux Frères, we will be able to offer our customers a collection of some of the most exclusive and sought after wines in the world.”