Steve Graf and Baron Ziegler conceived the idea of Averæn at IPNC, while celebrating the recent success of Banshee, their Sonoma project. After noticing the climatic similarities between the cool and foggy Sonoma Coast and the Willamette Valley, they decided to make the first vintage of AVERÆN Pinot Noir in 2015 with Adam Smith, the original winemaker for Banshee. The focus of this project is the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir; sourced from several quality sites throughout the Willamette Valley, including Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, McMinnville, Eola-Amity Hills, and Chehalem Mountains AVAs.
Doug Tunnell spent 17 years as a foreign correspondent for CBS television before moving back to his native Oregon to make wine. In 1990, he bought 40 acres of land in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, 30 of which are under vine and dedicated to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and a little bit of Gamay. The winery is aptly named for the small brick house on its property, where all winemaking occurs at the hands of Doug, his niece Savannah, and assistant Carrie. 100% estate produced and bottled, certified Biodynamic by Demeter. Brick House takes their Biodynamics very seriously.