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Antica Terra is 40-acres of rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of ...

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Antica Terra is 40-acres of rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley. The first vines were planted here in 1989 in a clearing within the oak savannah. They carefully prepared a place for the plants amid the rock: a fractured mixture of sandstone and alluvium sown with fossilized oyster shells.

The site is dramatic. It’s exposed boulders, steeply pitched grades and panoramic views of the surrounding land convey a feeling of imposing scale and intensity. The west wind moves constantly through the vines and the unforgiving afternoon sun shines upon them. But it’s what we can’t see and feel, those aspects of the site that the vines allude to as they struggle, that make it a remarkable place.

Our oldest vines look like infants. Instead of the gnarled trunks and robust canes one expects from vines planted over two decades ago, ours are spindly and frail. The fruit is diminutive as well. The tiny clusters of thick-skinned berries are less than half the usual size and fit easily in the palm of the hand. The canopy, which struggles to reach the top catch-wire, is incredibly sensitive. The smallest changes in the environment can cause the leaves to turn yellow and fall.

In 2005 when Scott Adelson, John Mavredakis, and Michael Kramer, three friends on a search for land, visited Antica Terra. Over the years, they had collaborated on countless projects but had always dreamed of starting a vineyard together. This was not the first time they had visited a piece of land with this dream in mind, but something was different this time. It’s hard to say if it was the subtle breeze from the ocean, the majestic stands of oak, or the fossilized oysters hiding among the boulders, but they knew immediately that this was the property they had been looking for.

The next chapter of our story begins in the midst of a nervous breakdown, after a bout with Malaria, on a small island off the coast of Kenya. It is in this moment, facing the piercing questions of her traveling companion that Maggie Harrison reaches into her heart and the epiphany comes. She states simply “I want to learn how to make wine”. Usually, such statements, impetuously thrown about in our youth, have little bearing on what happens next, but not this time.

The simple declaration, and her own tenacity, sends Maggie directly to Ventura County, where she apprentices for eight wonderful and life-changing harvests with Elaine and Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non. In 2004 Maggie made plans to strike out on her own and started a small Syrah project called Lillian. These plans also included settling down in Santa Barbara, a place she never intended to leave. Nonetheless, as is usually the case, most plans are in fact, just inaccurate predictions.

When Scott, John and Michael asked her to become the winemaker at Antica Terra she emphatically refused. But the three friends are crafty. They asked Maggie if she would simply take a look at the vineyard and offer her opinion about the qualities of the site. She reluctantly agreed. Twenty six seconds after arriving among the oaks, fossils, and stunted vines she found herself hunched beneath one of the trees, phone in hand, explaining to her husband that they would be moving to Oregon.

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  • Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir 2013
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  • Antica Terra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009 Front Label
    Antica Terra Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009
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  • Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2014  Front Label
    Antica Terra Aurata Chardonnay 2014
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    • Antica Terra Antikythera Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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      • Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
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        • Antica Terra Antikythera Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
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          • Antica Terra  Obelin Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
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            • Antica Terra Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
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              • Antica Terra Angelical Rose 2013 Front Label
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                • Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir 2014  Front Label
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                  • Antica Terra Ceras Pinot Noir 2012 Front Label
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                    • Antica Terra Pinot Noir 2003  Front Label
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                      • Antica Terra Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
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                        • Antica Terra  Aurata Chardonnay 2012 Front Label
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                                • Antica Terra Coriolis Pinot Noir 2015  Front Label
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                                  • Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir 2006  Front Label
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                                    • Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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                                      • Antica Terra Botanica Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
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                                        • Antica Terra  Aurata Chardonnay 2013 Front Label
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                                          • Antica Terra Angelicall Rose 2014 Front Label
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