The Compton boys are growing fast, as they are busy with; sports, school while also sometimes working on our family farm.
Matt Compton: I’ve been managing Deer Haven vineyard (renamed Compton Family Farms Vineyard) for over 20 years starting in 2001. In 2020, the opportunity came up to purchase and we were able to make that happen. We have 2 acres of Pinot Noir, 1 acre of Pinot Blanc and 5 acres of Pinot Gris at the farm.
These Pinot Noir grapes often go into our Old Vine Llewellyn Cuvèe which is a blend of Compton Family Farm Vineyard, Hoot & Howl Vineyard, and Mary’s Peak Vineyard. All three vineyards are closely located and tied together by Llewellyn road here in south Philomath.
Soils: Terroir-wise the soils are similar. Compton Family Farm Vineyard and Mary’s Peak Vineyard are both on more sedimentary soils and flatter ground. When the Missoula floods came through, it deposited a large amount of sediment, so it’s called sedimentary soils. Hoot & Howl is a little higher in elevation with more volcanic soil. From the Mary’s Peak and Compton Family Farm Vineyards you get the dark fruit and blue fruit components. From Hoot & Howl, you get more of the red fruit components. It’s the blend of all three that give us such an elegant wine.
Newton Creek Red Pinot Gris & Ramato Wines
Pinot Gris is an interesting varietal in that you can load grape clusters into a press to make a white wine or do what the Italians call a Ramato [meaning “copper” or “auburn”] wine. To make Newton Creek Red Pinot Gris and Ramato, we treat it like a red wine. We pick the fruit, de-stem, then the berries go onto the fermenter with the juice. It’s not a dark colored wine like a pinot noir because there are less skin phenolics in the Pinot Gris grapes.