It's an evening 2013, three guys are sitting around a campfire in Willamette Valley, situated just south of Portland, Oregon. They are renowned winemakers from Sonoma in California and have just attended a wine festival, featuring some of their Californian wines. Winding down from the day, the guys are struck by the similarities between the cold and foggy Sonoma Coast at home and where they are sitting in the
Willamette Valley. Both have cold winds that funnel from the Pacific Ocean through low-lying gaps in the coastal mountain ranges (Van Duzer Corridor in Oregon and Petaluma Wind Gap in Sonoma); a mix of marine sedimentary and volcanic influenced soils; micro-terroirs.
They realise that they can make wines at the very highest level here and decide to give it a go. And in 2016 they release their first vintage from their new founded vinery AVERÆN. It's a very limited production of Pinot Noir, but it gets great attention. Over the next years they expand the portfolio to numerous Pinot's, Rieslings and Chardonnays.
This is pure gold, and if you can get your hands on a bottle, you're in for a treat. We've selected their Chardonnays as our pick of the week.