Willamette Valley - Oregon
After their first visit in Oregon in 2015, Teal Walker and her partner, originally from Chicago, fell in love with the region and their wines. The winery was founded in the Willamette Valley in 2016 by Teal and Andrew Riechers, a native Oregonian winemakers with a stellar resume, with various experience in Oregon of course (Antica Terra), but also in California (Summerland Winery), in New-Zealand (Burn Cottage) and in Burgundy (Domaine Naudin Ferrand).
Starting only with a few rows throughout the valley on several of the most challenging and compelling vineyard sites of the area, now the estate is nested around Luminous Hills, Carlisle’s Crest, Nysa and Cherry Grove vineyards, with a total of 6 hectares planted of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
With a deep ambition, long term thinking on organic farming and old vines, the resulting partnership has been nothing short of extraordinary. They are building slowly, and for legacy with their end-goal of being known as a top-tiered producer of benchmark Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The name Audeant is Latin for - may they dare, may they venture, may they risk - and was aptly chosen to serve as a guiding light for never taking the easy way out in their approach to winemaking, vineyard sourcing, and living life to the fullest.
Audeant Wines in the bottle
Often called the Winemaker Blend, this cuvée is showcasing fruits from all the different vineyards of the estate, in a way to produce a wine of character to represent both time and place. Usually made with 20% to 30% of whole clusters.
Nysa Vineyard Pinot Noir
A deep wine coming from 31 years old own rooted vines planted in deep Jory volcanic soil in the heart of Dundee hills, with high elevation and eastern aspect, resulting in a long ripening season. This plot used to be a part of the original Domaine Drouhin. Aged 16 months in French barrels, with 35% new oak. Only 140 to 180 cases produced each year.