Antica Terra

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. 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. When Scott, John and Michael asked Maggie Harrison, a long-time former assistant winemaker to Manfred Krankl at Sine Qua Non, to become the winemaker at Antica Terra she emphatically refused. They asked Maggie if she would simply take a look at the husband that they would be moving to Oregon.