Spring is here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and we are looking forward to more days of sunshine, blue skies, fields of bright green grass, and buds on the vines. April marks the finish of pruning in the vineyard so new growth can begin. We have started bottling white wines and continue to let our red wines age in barrels. To make our Pinot Noirs we ferment and age fruit from six vineyards separately in small 60 gallon French Oak barrels. From these six different vineyards, in their individual barrels, we create our 2021 bottling blend of vineyard designates and Cuvées. The 2021 vintage is showing exciting wines with great fruit, body, and lively acidity, creating a balanced palate.
The Compton Family Farm is a 17 acre homestead with 10 acres of vineyard that supplies Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc for Compton Family Wines. In March we welcomed new lambs, goat kids and puppies into the world. Tabitha has spent many sleepless nights on duty in the barn, and all the mamas and the babies are doing well. The guiding principle of our farm is the health of our family and of the land. We practice regenerative agriculture, which is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to farming and food systems. For us this includes minimal handling in the vineyard, dry farming, and incorporating animals. Katahdin sheep and KuneKune pigs graze in the vineyard while pasture raised chickens dig and scratch the soil. Two Maremma livestock guardian dogs sit on the hill protecting their herd and the land. Our property also has two ponds with a few ducks who keep us company and eat pests. The animals on our farm are great companions, add nutrients to the system, help with topsoil regeneration, increase biodiversity, and reduce the water needs of the vineyard.
Be sure to check our emails and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our cute baby animals, farm life and wine news. Summer Tasting Room hours start Thursday, June 2nd. We sincerely appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the special Compton Wines we have selected for you in our spring release. Cheers to a great spring and summer, for the vines and for all of you!
– Tabitha & Matt