Founded in 1998, 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 Brooks' wines and team. Jimi’s son Pascal is the sole owner of the winery; Jimi’s sister Janie Brooks Heuck volunteered her time to lead it; and Jimi’s longtime friend and winemaking accomplice, Chris Williams, continues to make Brooks’ wines.
In 2008, Brooks expanded its winemaking operations and purchased the 20-acre vineyard Jimi started farming in 2002. In 2012, Brooks obtained Biodynamic certification from Demeter. In 2014, they opened a new tasting room connected to an expanded winery. In addition to Brooks' estate vineyard, winemaker Chris Williams works with a number of family growers throughout the region and in the Columbia Gorge.
More information: brookswine.com
Portrait by Andrea Johnson.