Behind the scenes.
Established in 2019, the Domaine de Broglie estate is located in the renowned Dundee Hills in the northern part of the Willamette Valley.
Passion and Inspiration
Established in 2019, Domaine de Broglie pays homage to Francis Ford Coppola’s deep fascination with science, specifically the theories of waves and particles which offer a glimpse into the mysteries and intricacies of the universe – Named after Louis de Broglie, a Nobel prize winning physicists who’s great mind inspires many.
Domaine de Broglie produces award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sparkling Wine made exclusively from fruit grown on our 42-acre, LIVE certified, sustainable vineyard with vines planted as early as 1997.
Domaine de Broglie
Honoring others has been the tradition of the Coppola family since it entered the wine realm nearly a half-century ago. The wines serve as homages to different branches of the family tree or admired minds of the past. The very act of winemaking is a nod to the family’s formative years in America, when wine was made and enjoyed at home.
Domaine De Broglie honors the great French scientist Louis de Broglie. The physicist’s revered work earned him a Nobel Prize for Physics in 1929. He contributed greatly to quantum theory, professing that all matter possesses wave-like mechanics. While de Broglie’s revelations are so big-picture that they apply to just about every aspect of life, they especially speak to the universe of wine.
The ultimate example of relativity, wine is the byproduct of countless influences. It’s a reminder that an entire galaxy exists in the glass, made up of everything from volcanic earth and a May rainfall to a particular forest where the wood from the barrel is from. All of the small details not only combine but are intertwined, moving together and making waves. Domaine de Broglie is a tribute to the sciences and the intrepid minds who rewrite perspectives. It’s an homage to the natural world, the fluidity of agriculture and wine’s ability to weave everything together.
Our wines celebrate the countless intersections of nature and science. It’s an ongoing process of careful observation, focus on the details and the pursuit of something wondrous.
As an estate-only affair, we focus solely on our Dundee Hills vineyard. Putting our site in sharp focus allows us to not only showcase the traits of the appellation, but celebrate the diversity within our rows. It’s a matter of scale and we keep things small, affording more attention to the seemingly little things, from specific vineyard blocks and clones to individual barrels. We make wines meant to magnify the very best of variables like vintage, varietal and vineyard.
The fruit that arrives on the crush pad is the product of meticulous, year round farming. Our task is to carry it gently towards wine without losing sight of its unique identity. That means few inputs and a soft guiding hand, from gentle extractions and pressings early to minimal new oak during aging. Winemaker Dave Petterson is after truly reflective wines, opting for symbiosis over a specific style. Empirical, experimental and adaptive, our winemaking practice ensures that the details of a particular year always end up in the glass.
We work to protect the individuality at play in the vineyard, making wines from block to block. Preserving these distinctions allows for more quality and permutations down the line, whether we’re making a single-clone Pinot Noir or fine-tuning a blend. The blueprint for the wines is born in the vineyard. We build accordingly, with care and a minimal mindset so as to not alter the unique and natural personality. The objective is to end up with everything that went into the wine in the first place—the essence of the vineyard.
A vintage begins well before harvest, when the vines just begin to wake up from winter. Similarly, winemaking extends well beyond just harvest. We shadow the wines throughout the entirety of their evolution, appreciative of the impact so many subtle things can combine to create. That means celebrating even the imperceptible, like the microorganisms in our soil or the wild yeast that kicks off a fermentation. Our love for wine is subatomic.
Our 42-acre vineyard is home to three grape varieties, rooted in ancient soils in the heart of the historic Dundee Hills. Located just up the road from the Willamette Valley’s first planting of Pinot Noir, the vineyard occupies some of the most suitable conditions cooler-climate varietals could ask for. The combination of mineral-rich volcanic soils, an even microclimate and a higher-elevation setting make it one of just a few of places on the planet that meet Pint Noir’s long list of demands.
Some 12,000 years ago, our site stood above a vast lake triggered by the Missoula Floods. This colossal series submerged valley floors from western Montana all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The Dundee Hills and their coveted red soils were spared, set above the flood line. This iron-clad dirt, born from age-old lava flows and known for both its exceptional drainage and water retention, would help spawn an entire industry.
The original plantings at the top of the hill reach an elevation of 870 feet, with views of the rugged Cascades to the east. The younger plantings steer west on an evergreen-framed slope that overlooks the Coastal Range. Resident grapes benefit from ample biodiversity, from strands of native oak and cover crop to bobcats and red-tailed hawks. LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology) certified and Salmon Safe, the vineyard is monitored by a third-party and adheres to an internationally-recognized sustainability program.
The vineyard is home to Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and six clones of Pinot Noir. Agriculturally, less is more. We exercise restraint in our farming so as not to not hide the personality of the fruit. That means minimal intervention in the form of inputs and irrigation and no fertilizers. When we do intervene, it’s done by hand, from pruning and thinning to harvesting individual clusters. While the yields are low, the caliber of the fruit is remarkable.
The Coppola Family
Before Francis Ford Coppola was known as a filmmaker, he was called Science. That was his title growing up, a testament to his wandering mind and fascination with engineering and technology. While his grandfather fermented wine in homemade vats in the family’s New York basement, Francis would dream up theories, devise inventions and gain a love for the inner workings of all things.
That curiosity ultimately brought Francis to the wine industry. After carving out a very successful role in film, he turned to the Napa Valley. He came upon the Inglenook property in 1975 and soon began turning the lauded estate’s 100-acre vineyard into family wines. He would go on to acquire another select northern California property, turning out a variety of wines along the way, from Bordeaux blends to sparkling.
Francis had gone from a kid who was occasionally treated to a splash of wine in his 7UP to industry entrepreneur. His innovative and unpredictable character served him well in wine, a field that’s well-captioned by the same pair of adjectives. Here, Francis could scratch his scientific itch and dabble in the many hidden variables of wine culture.
The Coppola family established Domaine de Broglie in 2019. Previously Vista Hills Vineyard, the 42-acre vineyard is rooted in one of the most famous wingerowing appellations on the planet. It marks a continuation of Francis’s unwavering interest in art and authenticity. The winery is intentionally small, affording Francis and his team the ability to give the wines the attention they deserve. Presently, Domaine de Broglie makes about 6,000 cases of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling wine a year.
Dave Petterson, Winemaker
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Winemaker Dave Petterson lived overseas most of his young adult life in Saudi Arabia, England, and Kuwait as his father’s work led the family to international locations. After moving back to the United States, Dave graduated high school in Florida, and went on to attend Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York where he studied archaeology, geology, and geography.
After graduation, Dave moved out west to attend Portland State University where he earned his Master of Science in Cartography Geographic Information Systems. After graduation, he began working for the Portland regional government. There, he met his wife Emily whose family owned Panther Creek Cellars at the time. He then began to help working harvests in the cellar and eventually started working full-time as Assistant Winemaker in 2003.
In 2007, Dave met the McClintock family, owners of Vista Hills Vineyard. He began working for them as the General Manager/Winemaker as they grew from a vineyard to a winery featuring a new wine label, tasting room, wine club, and wholesale program.
The Family Coppola purchased Vista Hills in 2018 and Dave has continued to work as the General Manager/Winemaker as the winery has been rebranded into Domaine de Broglie.