Each year since 2002, the ORVI Award has been awarded to individuals who have demonstrated significant achievements in building the Oregon wine industry and establishing its worldwide reputation. The ORVI award is presented to individuals that have not only elevated the status of Oregon wines, but have also provided generous support to the Classic Wines Auction. These individuals are leaders in the Oregon wine industry and are recognized and respected for their professionalism and philanthropy.
2019 ORVI Award Winner
Fourth-generation winemaker Véronique Drouhin is widely admired for her work in Burgundy (Maison Joseph Drouhin) and Oregon (Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Drouhin Oregon Roserock). She has been designated by her family as keeper of the family style, the person responsible for making sure that all Drouhin wines emphasize elegance, balance and sense of place. Véronique was awarded her oenology degree from the University of Dijon in 1985. The following year she took her advanced degree, also from Dijon, and subsequently worked stages in Oregon at Adelsheim, Eyrie, and Bethel Heights wineries. In 1987, her father Robert purchased land in the Dundee Hills of Oregon, established Domaine Drouhin Oregon and named Véronique as winemaker. This began the Drouhin Family’s commitment to Oregon, which is an important and active part of their lives. In 2013, the Drouhins purchased the magnificent Roserock Vineyard, in the Eola-Amity Hills, and in the summer of 2017 celebrated their 30th anniversary in Oregon. In September 2017, the influential Food & Wine Magazine named Véronique to their “Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink” list.