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Featured Wineries

The 2015 Featured Wineries will be announced in early spring. Shown below are Featured Wineries from 2014.

Interested in being a Featured Winery in 2015? See Domestic Winery Participation or Foreign Winery Participation.

Represented by Philippe Ehrhart

The Ehrhart family has been farming the diverse terroirs of Alsace since 1725. Based in the village of Wettolsheim, five kilometers west of Colmar, Philippe and Corinne Ehrhart farm their 24 hectares organically and biodynamically among 11 communes within the Haut-Rhin. Their vineyards are Demeter certified biodynamic. Among their holdings are four grand crus (Hengst, Brand, Goldert and Schlossberg) and four lieuxdits (Rosenberg, Herrenweg, Im Berg and Val St-Grégoire). All of their fruit is hand harvested, and they encourage long, traditional vinifications using only native yeasts. The Ehrharts are as traditional as it gets in Alsace, and they are able to achieve a beautiful balance of aromatic opulence with striking minerality and bright acidity in their wines year after year.

MAISON AMBROISE (Prémeaux-Prissey)
Represented by Bertrand & François Ambroise

The Ambroise family settled in Prémeaux-Prissey, near Nuits-Saint-Georges, 300 years ago. Bertrand Ambroise studied viticulture and winemaking and then traveled to Champagne and Cognac to learn the approaches of other regions. In 1987, he created the house of Ambroise, a négociant that also draws on the family’s 40 acres, which includes two Premier Crus in Nuits-Saint-Georges. They now produce 11,000 cases a year with bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Bertrand views winemaking as a dialogue between traditionalists and modernists.

Represented by Thomas & Mary Delaney Bachelder

Although Thomas and Mary also make wine in Oregon and Niagara, Burgundy is Thomas' spiritual home – the sacred ground where the Chardonnay and Pinot noir grapes first evolved, then happily grew and acclimatized. The blessed Côte d'Or (the 'Hills of Gold') is a long strand of hills stretching from Dijon to Chalon and there, Thomas works, where possible, with organic vignerons to ensure that the local ‘sense of place’ is best expressed. The Bachelder vineyards stretch from Nuits-Saint-Georges in the north, through Beaune, heading south to Puligny-Montrachet. Bachelder has rented very modest cellars just outside of Beaune and leads a ‘Garagiste-like’ existence…but wherever he works, Thomas crafts wines that sing of their origin with as little ‘makeup’ as possible – wines that are finely-perfumed and tightly-wound, offering the classic refined fruit and textured minerality of the best terroirs, whether grown in the limestone-laced Burgundian earth, or the complex sedimentary and volcanic-derived soils of Oregon.

Represented by Cyril Audoin

Domaine Charles Audoin is located in the Marsannay appellation just south of Dijon, which is known as the “Gateway to Burgundy.” The Domaine began in 1972 with just three hectares of vines. Along with his wife, oenologist Marie-Françoise Audoin, Charles Audoin has since built up their Domaine to 14 hectares. Their son Cyril has been on board since 2000, and together they are continuing the Burgundian tradition of respecting the terroir. Their vines on average are 45 years old. In the winery, they bottle without fining or filtering and produce about 4,000 cases annually.

Represented by Jean Lupatelli

When Olivier Decelle, the vintner and owner of Mas Amiel in Roussillon and of Château Jean Faure in Saint-Emilion met Pierre-Jean Villa, a young and talented winegrower in Côte Rotie, Saint-Joseph and Condrieu, they immediately understood that they were on the same wavelength. As a result, they decided to fulfill their lifelong dream together – that of producing subtle Pinots noir and Chardonnay, reflecting the great terroirs of Burgundy. Their partnership gave birth to a new Burgundy estate – Domaine Decelle-Villa in a historic cellar of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Pierre-Jean Villa and Olivier Decelle implement modern vine-growing techniques, respecting the region’s diversity in terms of climate and terroir. The quality of the harvest is preserved through careful sorting and the grapes can be vinified in their entirety. Olivier willingly expresses his enthusiasm about this great adventure, “Pierre-Jean and I share a passion for wine and winemaking.”

DOMAINE DUBLERE (Savigny-les-Beaune)
Represented by Blair Pethel

Blair Pethel was a political/economic journalist for 25 years in some of the world's capitals (London, Washington) before giving in finally to the siren song of Burgundy. A decisive encounter with, and an invitation to visit from, Burgundian winemaker Patrice Rion led Blair to the region for this first time in 1987. He quickly fell under the spell of Burgundy – the wines and the region, as well as the people. Multiple visits later, he worked his first harvest with Rion in 1999, and then took the permanent plunge with his family in 2003. He bought his first parcel and produced his first wine in 2004 (Corton-Charlemagne). The estate currently produces 16 different wines from a total of six hectares, three owned by the domaine and three providing purchased grapes.

Represented by Patrice Ollivier & Etienne Touzot

It was in the late 1970s that Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair came to life by the acquisition of renowned appellations in the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, such as Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair’s philosophy is based on “top quality.” By employing such methods as limited output, strict sorting of the grapes, vinification under heat control, and maturing in new or recent barrels, they have made it possible for the different appellations to hold the top ranks among the most famous Burgundian domaines. These methods have enabled Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair’s wines to be offered in the finest restaurants, cellars, and specialty shops throughout the world.

Represented by David Millman & Ashley and Arron Bell

Founded in 1880, Joseph Drouhin, with an experience now spanning four generations, is resolutely committed to a strict observance of tradition and respect for the heritage of Burgundy. The estate comprises 72 hectares of vineyards among the greatest appellations. Joseph Drouhin has adopted the biological and biodynamic approach. Only natural products are used and all procedures show the utmost respect for the soil, the vine and the environment. The true wine lover will discover in these wines the Drouhin signature: the originality of the terroir, the finesse of the aromas, the elegance and harmony of the structure and the style of the vintage.

DOMAINE MARC ROY (Gevrey-Chambertin)
Represented by Alexandrine Roy

Domaine Marc Roy includes nine acres of Pinot noir in Gevrey-Chambertin split into three distinctive “Cuvées.” “Vieilles Vignes” is made from a selection of the oldest vines of the estate (about 70 years old). “Clos Prieur” is made from this specific “climat,” ideally located just below the Grand Cru “Mazis-Chambertin.” “Cuvée Alexandrine” was first created in 2005 and made from a selection of “millerandées” grapes. One other acre is planted with Chardonnay to produce a rare white Marsannay “Les Champs Perdrix.” After wine studies in Beaune, Alexandrine took over as the 4th generation owner/winemaker of Domaine Marc Roy in 2003. She continued to further her wine knowledge through experiences in Australia (2004) and New Zealand (2005). Additionally, since 2007 she has been the consulting winemaker for Phelps Creek Vineyards in Oregon. Because great wines are born in the vineyards, Alexandrine gives strong attention all year long to the soils and vines to bring low yields of top quality grapes. Then, traditional winemaking with 100% destemmed-grapes, fermentation with native yeasts, punch downs by foot and moderated oak maturation treatments allows Alexandrine to craft wines with soul that reflect Gevrey-Chambertin’s specific and unique terroirs.

Represented by Pascal Marchand

Biography coming soon.

VILLA WOLF (Wachenheim)
Represented by Ernst Loosen & Ian Dick

Ernst Loosen took over his family’s 200-year-old estate in 1988 and quickly raised it into the upper echelon of world-class producers. Since then he has crusaded tirelessly to re-establish the grand reputation of Riesling around the world. In 1996 Ernst took over the historic J.L. Wolf estate (now called Villa Wolf), in the Pfalz region of Germany. Here he produces the more full-bodied style of Rhine valley Riesling, as well as the Pinot varieties that are traditional in that area. In addition to his passion for Riesling, Ernst is a lifelong Pinot noir fanatic, a variety that he has produced in the Pfalz since 1996. After numerous visits to Oregon over the years, he formed a partnership with Jay Somers, founder of J. Christopher, in 2010. They have built a new winery and are establishing a vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA.

WEINGUT DR. HEGER (Ihringen, Kaiserstuhl)
Represented by Joachim Heger

Joachim Heger was born in 1958 in the wine-growing village of Ihringen. As wine has always played a decisive role in family life, it was clear that Joachim would follow in his forefathers’ footsteps. He started his oenology studies at Geisenheim University of Applied Sciences in 1980, and after graduation, he gained hands-on experience at a number of different wine estates. Joachim married Silvia in 1987, and they now have two daughters. To date Joachim has worked 30 vintages, which is certainly enough time to put his personal stamp on vinification techniques at the estate, as well as on specific wines from individual vineyards including the Ihringer Winklerberg and Achkarrer Schlossberg. His wines are renowned both in the German restaurant scene as well as internationally. Joachim was awarded with the accolade for “best achievement” in the Gault Millaut wine guide in 1998. In 2013 Joachim Heger has been awarded “Wine Producer of the Year 2013” by the Gault Millau editorial team. Eichelmann’s Wine Guide awarded the Heger estate the title “Wine Estate of the Year 2013” for the best collection of red wines.

J. HOFSTATTER (Alto Adige)
Represented by Martin & Niklas Foradori Hofstätter

Since 1970, Martin has lived in the small, very accessible South Tyrolean village of Tramin. He has worked in the vineyard and the winery since his childhood. The 50 hectares (124 acres) of family-owned vineyards are uniquely located on both sides of the Adige Valley, each claiming a completely different microclimate. He can thank the knight Ludwig Barth von Barthenau, founder and previous owner of his winegrowing estate Barthenau, for the tradition of over 150 years in Pinot noir. The grapes for his unique single vineyard wine “Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano” grow on vines that are seventy years old. His love of winegrowing was handed down from his maternal grandfather and father. With these individuals in mind he carries on the fourth generation of tradition that began in 1907 when his great-great uncle founded the Hofstätter family winegrowing estate.