What is a Flâneur?
A flâneur is, quite simply, a leisurely wanderer, a worldly explorer, a connoisseur of life. The word, hailing from 19th-century France, captures the idea that the mind functions best at a slow pace, and that curiosity can uncover a life of significance. It is, as Charles Baudelaire wrote so eloquently, a life of juxtaposition: alone yet surrounded by bustle, slow yet continuously moving forward.
About Flâneur Wines…
The Flâneur lifestyle was that of which Founder, Marty Doerschlag lived between selling his first company and starting Flâneur Wines in 2013. He observed the world, went slowly, traveled without a map, and noticed small details. This carefree time eventually led him to Oregon and some of the finest lands for cultivating grapes.
Here at Flâneur Wines, we consider ourselves to be flâneurs at our core, passionate artisans joined together by the desire to slow down, observe the world, and create delicious wines. We live by the idea that some of the best things in life are uncovered without intention, and that life—like a good wine—should be enjoyed and appreciated.
In 2016, Flâneur Wines advanced their winemaking program by adding Grant Coulter as the Winemaker & Director of Vineyards. Prior to joining the team, Grant spent nine years as the award-winning winemaker for Beaux Frères Winery where he developed a large following and crafted the #3 Wine in the World in Wine Spectator’s 2016 Top 100.
Today, Flâneur Wines creates exceptional Willamette Valley wines made from their estates, La Belle Promenade in the Chehalem Mountains AVA and Flanerie Vineyard in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. Winemaker, Grant Coulter has crafted an award winning portfolio of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Aligoté, Grüner Veltliner and traditional method sparkling wine.
Flâneur Wines currently hosts tastings year round in the historically renovated Madsen Grain Elevator downtown Carlton. Join for a Classic Tasting or the exceptional Mezzanine Food Pairing Experience. Seasonally, book a private experience on their Estate, La Belle Promenade Vineyard in their 80-year-old Barn, overlooking one of the finest vineyard views in the Willamette Valley.