Brooks Winery: The Living Legacy of Portland native, Jimi Brooks
Brooks is the living legacy of Jimi Brooks, a visionary Portland native who came to wine through his passion for history and philosophy. After traveling the world and experiencing the hard work of winemaking in Beaujolais, Jimi returned to Oregon and found a burgeoning wine world. He devoted the rest of his life to holistic farming and winemaking in the Willamette Valley, showcasing the region’s potential for expressive, complex and balanced Riesling and Pinot Noir.
While Jimi is no longer with us, his strong commitment to biodynamic farming, his gentle approach to winemaking and his excitement for the Willamette Valley terroir live on through our wines and our team. Jimi’s son Pascal is the sole owner of the winery; Jimi’s sister Janie Brooks Heuck has volunteered her time to lead it; and Jimi’s longtime friend and winemaking accomplice, Chris Williams, continues to make Brooks’ wines.
The Natural Balance Between the Vineyard and the Cellar
Our approach to winemaking is simple. We seek natural balance in the vineyard and cellar, to show the true expression of terrior in our wines. We are passionate about organic and biodynamic farming; as we believe it not only creates better wines, but these important practices help keep our earth alive and ecosystem intact.
While we respect the individuality of each vineyard and its sense of place, we maintain the philosophy that the greatest depth, flavours and balance in a wine are achieved by blending. Our focus is to produce beautiful Riesling and Pinot Noir, both of which are perfectly suited to grow in the cool Willamette Valley climate. Most of all... we hope you enjoy our wines with good friends and family, with wonderful cuisine!
Accolades and Press for Brooks Wines
Brooks wines have received perennial praise in the Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits Magazine, the Wine Advocate, Josh Raynolds ratings on Vinous, Allen Meadows’ Burghound, and beyond. Brooks was featured on the Fox Business Network’s Strange Inheritance, a reality show chronicling the inheritance process. Brooks’s story was also at the center of American Wine Story, a feature documentary about individuals who chase their dream of making wine.
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