Falling in Love with Oregon Pinot Noir at Domaine Divio

I recently reminisced about my first visit to Domaine Divio with friends on Oregon Vino Country‘s weekly Zoom wine meet up. I was called out (in the nicest way possible, of course) by AJ for not ever writing about Domaine Divio on my blog. So here I am, writing about Domaine Divio, as I enjoy my favorite Pinot: Domaine Divio’s 2015 Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir (second only to the 2014 vintage, which I sadly do not have any more of… holding on to wine is not my strong suit). This is not only the story of my first visit to Domaine Divio, but also a love story – my love story – with Oregon Pinot Noir.

view from Domaine Divio's tasting room, overlooking the estate vineyard.

It was a dreary day in January 2017, the kind of day where I’d want to curl up at home in front of the fireplace with warm beverages and comfort food while the cold rain and wind beat upon the windows. But for some reason I opted to head into wine country instead. At this point, I had only been to a few Oregon tasting rooms and I had yet to be fully captivated by Oregon Pinot Noir. I was slowly moving out of a craft beer phase and when I did drink wine, it was mostly familiar California big reds and red blends that I enjoyed but didn’t truly love.

I wasn’t sure where to start or which tasting rooms to visit here in Willamette Valley, but a coworker had told me about the Ribbon Ridge AVA so I decided to start there. A quick google search led me to Domaine Divio’s website, and the tasting room looked dreamy. After reading up on their philosophy, wines, and winemaker, Bruno Corneaux, I knew that I had to visit.

As soon as my friend and I walked into Domaine Divio’s tasting room on that miserable January day, we were greeted with the warmth of the wood burning fireplace and Bruno’s infectious smile. That’s right, the winemaker himself was working the tasting room that day! I nudged my friend as we entered and whispered, “that’s the winemaker!”, attempting to suppress my excitement.

Bruno welcomed us like old friends, even though we had never crossed paths before and it was clear that we were newbies to Oregon Pinot. For a while, the three of us were the only ones in the tasting room so we got to hear all about Bruno’s background as a fourth generation grape grower and winemaker from Burgundy, the estate property, and the wines that he has poured his heart and soul into. He graciously guided us through our entire tasting while I swooned over the barn-like tasting room, it’s natural wood and stone, incredible fireplace, high ceilings, and elegant pendant lighting.

That was the day I fell in love with Oregon Pinot Noir. I didn’t join Domaine Divio’s wine club that day, but I should have, and promptly signed up on my next visit. From tastings with friends (and meeting lots of new ones), summer sunsets with Pinot and pizza, wine club pickup parties, and solo sits in the sun sipping Pinot Noir rosé, Domaine Divio has become one of my favorite places to spend time. It has sparked a curiosity and a love for Oregon Pinot that has continued to flourish over the last few years, and will continue for many years to come.

It’s not only about the wine, it’s about the people, too. Bruno, Isabelle, Becky, Sara, Steve, and former tasting room manager, Sherry (we miss you!), have always been warm, welcoming, and wonderful. Thank you all, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Simply put, I wouldn’t be where I am without Domaine Divio, and Pinot+Pistols probably wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Bruno on that January day in 2017!

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