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It is with humility and gratitude to our supporters, near and far, that we announce an exciting new era in the Beaux Frères journey.

Up the hillThis year we celebrated the release of our 25th vintage, and our second-generation winery began a new partnership with eighth-generation French family-owned Maisons & Domaines Henriot.

Our new partners' have been inspired by the authenticity, integrity, and character of our vineyard and winery. Michael's role in guiding vineyard, winery, and administrative operations will continue, as will his partial ownership along with his brother-in-law, Robert Parker Jr. Michael's son, Mike D. Etzel, continues as Winemaker. We believe we are in a better position than ever to create world-class wines of truly unique character and complexity.

A note from Michael: "Thirty-one years ago, my young family moved to Oregon with the dream of planting Pinot Noir. At the start of this journey, I never imagined that a partnership with one of the world's most respected wine producers would be our destiny. I am so proud of the Beaux Frères team and the Oregon wine industry. Maisons & Domaines Henriot, which cultivates in Champagne and Burgundy more than 324 acres of some of the finest Pinot Noir vineyards in the world, is an ideal organization to share our next era."

From our longstanding mailing list and club members around the country to our newest visitors, and of course our neighbors and wine friends here in Oregon - we are fortunate to have both deep roots and healthy growth. To this day, and in the years to come, it is the human element of our efforts, coupled with Mother Nature as our muse, that makes Beaux Frères wines distinct.

 

 

Mike Etzel

 

Michael G. Etzel 

While on vacation in 1986, Michael Etzel came upon an 88-acre pig farm for sale located on Ribbon Ridge in the Northern Willamette Valley, Yamhill County, Oregon. After some deliberation, Michael purchased the farm with his brother-in-law, Robert Parker, Jr. Michael uprooted his young family from Colorado and moved to the farm the following summer. He began his focused pursuit as a vineyard manager by planting only Pinot Noir and slowly transforming the old pig and dairy farm into his jewel. While planting his own vineyard, Michael worked four harvests at Ponzi Winery. In 1990, Michael harvested his first crop and sold the grapes, except enough to make one barrel, to winemakers Ken Wright and Dick Ponzi. In 1991, a renovation of one of the barns led to the creation of Beaux Frères Winery. With each new vintage, Michael's efforts further unveil his pursuit to craft a Pinot Noir that is the purest expression of his vineyard.

 

               

                          

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Robert Parker, Jr.

Robert Parker, Jr. is one of three owners in Beaux Frères vineyard and winery. His interest in the property was spurred by his brother-in-law, Michael Etzel, who discovered the property in 1986. Robert lives in Maryland with his wife Pat, Michael's older sister, their daughter Maia, and various Basset hounds and Bulldogs. For thirty- two years, he has written and published the independent wine journal "The Wine Advocate" and authored twelve best-selling books on wine. Robert is the first wine critic in history, and one of only a handful of foreigners to have received the highest honors from France (Officer in the Legion of Honor from President Jacques Chirac), Italy (Commander in the National Order of Merit from Prime Minister Silvo Berlesconi), and Spain (recipent of the Great Cross of Santa Cruz from King Juan Carlos). Robert never reviews Beaux Frères for his publications, but you will find his imprint in the winery's tasting notes, and more importantly, in the philosophy that governs Beaux Frères and its pursuit of excellence.