Part of article in Forbes on Veronique Boss-Drouhin here:
The four Drouhin children oversee all aspects of the company, with Véronique Drouhin-Boss as winemaker for both the Oregon winery and the French winery. Their father, Robert Drouhin serves in myriad capacities but he’s best known for his pioneering vision. Robert was one of the first to introduce biodynamic practices to Burgundy and was integral in creating a Domain in Chablis because of his belief in the area’s terroir for Chardonnay (back in 1968).
Given the deeply rooted Frenchness of Drouhin it may have been a bit of a surprise to some when Robert Drouhin did something even more visionary and took a gamble growing wine in Oregon back in the 1980’s.
“My father liked the topography and identical climate in Oregon. He considered California, but felt overall that it was too fertile and the soil too rich to produce wines with aging potential,” explains Véronique. His instincts were once again proven correct. Today Oregon land, specifically the Dundee Hills where Drouhin set up shop, is prime Pinot Noir growing country. Because she has the unique view of making wine on two continents, I asked her to talk about New World versus Old World and what she’s learned from her American experience.
Entire article HERE.