A very special Wine Club offering, we are sending you an extraordinary selection of our highest rated Old Vine wines. The Old Vine series is made from the finest grapes, that produce complex and intriguing wines. Our “egg” Chardonnay is aged in a concrete egg for enhanced flavor and consistency.
Interview with Matt Compton, winemaker
Why wine, Matt?
Matt Compton- it started for me as a farmer in the 80’s. I grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and I enjoyed farming and cooking. Those loves led me towards the wine business. I moved out to Oregon from New Jersey with a friend that was going to OSU and my first job was to work with Oregon State University’s research vineyard (Woodhall Vineyard). I would say I got the job not because I knew how to grow grapes, but because I knew my way around equipment.
Although Matt grew up on a dairy farm, when Matt worked as a grape grower for OSU he did not work with animals.
What do you like about farming grapes?
Matt Compton – I started in college back east but the horticulture program was more about ornamental plants and golf courses. What I like about grape growing is tits direct relationship with the food and wine that I really enjoy. Like when we ran the dairy back east, I am able to farm grapes with a commitment to animals like when I was younger. The east coast was changing from farms to housing developments and I wanted a different kind of life, one in agriculture, and I think moving to the west coast was a good choice for me.
Working at OSU Woodhall Vineyard I was able to learn a lot and grow my knowledge and skills from so many great mentors. I made my first wine as an amateur winemaker and we started making our own wines under our own labels in 2003.
Fun fact: Matt and Tabitha met on a blind date — it’s kind of a long story, so if you ever want to know the whole story just ask us.