Domaine Drouhin Oregon joins Berkmann Wine Cellars
Berkmann Wine Cellars is delighted to announce the addition of Domaine Drouhin Oregon to its agency portfolio, taking over the UK distribution from Fields, Morris & Verdin (FMV).
The Drouhin family established Maison Joseph Drouhin in 1880, and just over a century later, in 1987, bought land in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Though there were only 65 Oregon wineries at the time, the family was inspired by the region’s beauty, its potential for Pinot Noir, and its tight-knit winemaking community.
Today, Domaine Drouhin Oregon consists of three distinct brands: Domaine Drouhin Oregon, the original domaine which is nestled in the Dundee Hills; Drouhin Oregon Roserock, an exceptional estate in the Eola-Amity Hills purchased by the family in 2013; and Cloudline, a high-value Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Fourth-generation winemaker Véronique Boss-Drouhin is responsible for all of the family’s wines produced in Oregon. All three brands will be coming to Berkmann from December 1st 2020.
Alex Hunt MW, purchasing director at Berkmann, commented “Berkmann has cultivated a strong association with Pinot Noir over the years – first as a Burgundy specialist, and more recently with the addition of several exceptional wineries from California. Oregon remained a notable gap while we awaited the opportunity to work with a truly great producer, and in my view Domaine Drouhin Oregon is the crème de la crème. With an innate sensitivity for terroir harnessed to a pioneering spirit, the Drouhin family set an early benchmark for the wines of Oregon, and have consistently excelled ever since. We feel honoured to have been chosen as the new agent for DDO, and very excited at the potential of the partnership between our two family businesses.”
Frédéric Drouhin, CEO of Joseph Drouhin, comments that he is “delighted to join forces with a family-run company that shares the same values and ethic with a long-term vision to build strong distribution in the UK.”
The French brands Joseph Drouhin and Drouhin Vaudon remain exclusively distributed in the UK by Pol Roger UK Ltd.