Ernst Loosen is known for one of the wine world’s greatest contributions to the Riesling cause. Less well known is his devotion to Pinot Noir, which he’s been growing since 1996 at his Pfalz winery Villa Wolf. In 2004 he hosted a young Oregon Pinot producer named Jay Somers for harvest in the Mosel. That planted the seed for Erni’s own adventures in Oregon Pinot Noir, which led to Erni building a winery and planting a vineyard in the northern Willamette Valley, in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The winery specialises in Pinot Noir made using the traditional methods of Burgundy, including biodynamic practices in the vineyard. These wines are handcrafted in small batches and are sourced from some of the best vineyards in Oregon.