The Willamette Valley Wineries Association held its third annual Pinot Noir Auction on April 6-7, 2018. Bruno Corneaux, Winemaker for Domaine Divio in the Ribbon Ridge AVA in Newberg, Oregon blended a special 2016 cuvee with whole cluster fermentation of 50% Pinot Noir from Kalita Vineyard and 50% from Hirshy Vineyard, a neighbor in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. The fruit was harvested on September 17, 2016. Bruno selected small whole clusters (petits morillons) from each vineyard and blended them in a single French oak barrel for 16 months. The five cases of wine sold for $5,500, a very strong result for the first time that Domaine Divio has participated in the auction. Overall the 2018 Willamette Valley Auction raised a record $800,000.
Bruno Corneaux has worked for several years making wine with Pinot Noir from Kalita and Hirshy Vineyards at the Northwest Wine Company. In 2012 he created his own winery, Domaine Divio, in Ribbon Ridge. Divio refers to the ancient name of the town of Dijon, the capital of Burgundy where Bruno grew up. Bruno, a fourth generation Burgundian vintner, fell in love with Oregon while working in an internship at Domaine Drouhin in 1996.
This is not the first appearance by Kalita Vineyard Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley Auction. In the 2016 event Big Table Farm, one of our clients since the 2014 vintage, made 5 cases of a special cuvee of 2014 Pinot Noir with fruit from Kalita, Bieze and Wirtz Vineyards. Kalita Vineyard fruit comprises 50% of the 2015 Big Table Farm Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir. Available now in the marketplace.
The trade-only auction honors the pioneering spirit of the Willamette Valley and, for two days, offers industry influencers a series of special tastings and gatherings, culminating in a live auction. All proceeds from the event support the marketing, branding and education efforts of the WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINERIES ASSOCIATION.