Brickhouse Vineyards is surrounded by the fruit and hazelnut orchards above the Chehalem Valley, the rolling hills at Brick House compose just such a place. A New World site dedicated to Old World wisdom, and a way of growing grapes proven over a thousand years or more:
Plant them in shallow soils on a hillside and give them the morning sun, Don't plow too much. Don't hoe too little. Let them struggle. And don't ever forget that the world's finest fertilizer is the footprint of a winegrower... in the mud of March and the dust of September.
All our wines are produced and bottled by hand on our 40 acre farm. We count on indigenous yeast fermentations. Rarely do we fine and never do we filter Brick House wines. When the vintage... or a part of it... merit special designation, we bottle the Cuvee du Tonnelier (or the Barrelmaker's Batch) as the finest expression of our estate's unique climate and terrain.
Pinot noir: Pinot noir There are about 36,000 of them now ; a living army rooted around the old brick house on Ribbon Ridge. Pinot noir commands the lion's share of the farm: 19 acres of Pinot in all. Three low yielding clones whose ancestors hail from the vineyards of Morey St. Denis in Burgundy are planted to the east of the house and winery. Oregon's bread and butter Pinot clone, Pommard, constitutes our first planting -- ten acres along the vineyard's southern fence.
Chardonnay: Chardonnay clones from the Dijon viticultural station were gathered from cuttings taken near Mersault in Burgundy. A mere three acres of Dijon Chardonnay are currently in production at Brick House. One more is on the way.
Gamay noir: Gamay the standard bearer of Beaujolais, the black sheep of Burgundy. We've always loved its brilliant fruitiness and acidity. Reduce the yields, and on our soils these vines produce a rich dark wine. Gamay emerged as the poor man's Pinot; it was widely planted on the Haute Cote and on the plains of Burgundy by peasants who rented lesser vineyard sites from their Lords. It produced nourishment for the masses.