45th Parallel North: Willamette Valley Exploration for Three Couples

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lovers unite! Oregon is calling your name, offering up world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, VIP winery experiences, breathtaking vistas, and exquisite hospitality! This wine-soaked Oregon trip is for three couples set against the backdrop of the stunning Willamette Valley.

This auction lot includes concierge services by our l’Eté du Vin 2024 Guests of Honor, Zena Crown Vineyard and Beaux Frères, to help you curate additional tasting visits. Dream big and make the best use of your time in Willamette Valley and this personalized service.

 

Day One

WillaKenzie Estate

From Portland Airport (PDX) head to Willamette Valley wine country to begin your adventure. The first destination is WillaKenzie Estate, coining the moniker ‘Place Matters’ where terroir is their inspiration. This 420-acre estate, enhanced by elevation and slope, enables WillaKenzie to bottle multiple exquisite single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Enjoy a tasting at the winery upon arrival.

Ready to unpack? Lucky for you, WillaKenzie is your home away from home! You’ll be staying in the beautiful private residence of Jackson Family Wines Chairman and Proprietor, Barbara Banke, located on the WillaKenzie estate. This luxury home features five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, designer showcase furnishings, a full kitchen, and gorgeous outdoor areas. You’ll need to pinch yourself at this once in a lifetime experience!

 

 

Zena Crown Vineyard

Once you settle in you can watch the sunset (you won’t believe the view), and then enjoy a special wine dinner prepared by a private local chef at the Willakenzie Estate House. This dinner showcases library wines from Zena Crown Vineyard, Champagne, and other inspirational great wines of the world with a wine ambassador to assist you in your journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two

Soak in the morning ambiance as your driver arrives and whisks you off to Penner-Ash Wine Cellars where you’ll indulge with a VIP tasting and lunch. Delight the palate with a beautifully curated flight of Penner-Ash wines hosted by your wine representative. Did we mention the setting? All senses will be on fire as you enjoy food and wine surrounded by spectacular vineyard views at this hilltop winery.

​Résonance Wines

 

Next up is Résonance Wines. Fresh off receiving the #9 ranking in the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of the World, this first investment by Maison Louis Jadot outside of Burgundy is a must see. Winemaker Guillame Large, a native of Burgundy, jouned the Résonance team in 2016 from Maison Louis Jadot. Nestle into a rustic yet modern tasting room with floor to ceiling windows where you’ll enjoy the expansive vineyard views. There you’ll savor a lovely VIP tasting of Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and a side-by-side pairings of Résonance and Louis Jadot wines. Here is a teaser – Résonance Wines will be joining us for Pairings 2025!

 

 

 

 

 

Beaux Frères

Day Three

 

Use the personal concierge services to round out today’s tasting itinerary, but be sure to leave room for lunch! Today you’ll enjoy a VIP panoramic tour and tasting combined with a rustic lunch at Beaux Frères! Our Guest of Honor has produced world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields that represent the essence of their vineyards. The property is stunning with world class views of the valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Four

Time to say good-bye to Willamette, knowing you are destined to return. The beauty of the wines and scenery will beckon you back. Until then, you can always revisit Willamette in your memories as you sip from the wine shipments you’ll soon be collecting at home!

 

 

This trip for three couples includes:

  • 3-night stay at WillaKenzie Estate

 

Dinner with Wine

  • Private chef at the WillaKenzie Estate featuring wines of Zena Crown Vineyard, champagne and international selections

 

Lunches with Wine

  • Beaux Freres
  • Penner-Ash Wine Cellars

 

Tour and Tasting

  • WillaKenzie
  • Resononance Wines

 

Concierge Services

  • Set up appointments at additional wineries
  • Driver for tasting days two and three

Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Trip must be booked within a year from purchase. Trip is for three couples and does not include airfare or rental car. Unless otherwise specified, airport transfers are not included. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog. 

 

Donated by Beaux Frères, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Résonance Wines, WillaKenzie Estate, and Zena Crown Vineyard