Winemaker Florent Merlier embarked upon his wine career in Burgundy, a region known for mercurial weather patterns, difficult vintages and finicky varietals. It is a rigorous training ground for winemakers, and it was there that Florent learned to harmonize his winemaking practices with the integrity of the vineyard. He understands how to maximize flavors in the thicker-skinned grapes that persevere in the Van Duzer Corridor and those sourced at other Thoma-owned properties around the Willamette Valley. In a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, berries or clusters are handled with extreme care. Lots are vinified separately, and Florent handles each one as if destined for a reserve designation.
Ecological biodiversity and tailored application of water, soil amendments and fertilizer in the vineyard promote consistency and quality across the diversity of the vineyard. Van Duzer Vineyards’ achievements have not gone unnoticed; they have earned certification from LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology), Salmon Safe and the International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control (IOBC). These milestones signal Van Duzer’s commitment to the future with a belief that sustainability shapes Van Duzer’s ability to craft refined, consistent wines.