How It Was Built & April Musings


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Our Winery was built in 5 months

Janie Brooks Heuck and Chris Williams breaking ground building the Brooks tasting room.

This week marks the 8 year anniversary since we broke ground on our current winery building and tasting room. It was April 1, 2014, when a group of us gathered, and Chris and I got to get on the big equipment and move the first dirt. 

For 6 years, we had been a quarter of a mile up the hill in a 3,000 square foot space. When Chris was nicknamed the “space master” everyone thought he had keen Tetrus skills. He spent about 70% of his time moving equipment around so he could actually make wine. It was time for a new building.

My husband and Heather’s husband, Doug, picked out the site. It was on our farmhouse property adjacent to the Estate Vineyard. We all agreed that the spot was perfect as Brooks would have the best view of any winery and tasting room in the Willamette Valley.

The view from Brooks tasting room of the Estate Vineyard and mountains.

After 18 months of planning, we finally broke ground on April 1, 2014. We put a tough deadline on Perlo Construction…..opening day needed to be the anniversary of Jimi’s passing, September 4, 2014. With contractors on top of each other for the span of 5 short months, they did it, and here is how!

Shopping for the perfect Easter Wines?

A bottle of Brooks Amycas white blend, Brooks Bois Joli Riesling, and Brooks Temperance Hill Pinot Noir.

2021 Amycas White Wine

A dry wine with beautiful floral and fruit aromatics and flavors from the five noble grapes of Alsace. A crowd-pleaser at the Easter table.

Price: $25 before Wine Club Member discounts

2019 Bois Joli Riesling

his medium-dry Riesling hails from vines planted in 1984. A wonderful balance of sweetness and acid, perfect for pairing.

Price: $28 before Wine Club Member discounts

2018 Temperance Hill Pinot Noir

Lush and full-bodied but balanced with earth and spice, this Pinot Noir will bring out the best in your holiday meal for all of your guests.

Price: $55 before Wine Club Member discounts