"Antica Terra is our eleven acre estate vineyard located on a 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. The geology of the site is extremely unusual. In most of the region, vineyards are planted in the relatively deep, geologically young soils left behind by either the Missoula floods or the volcanic events that formed the Cascade Range. In this place, the remains of a far older prehistoric seabed rise to the surface, leaving the vines to struggle, without topsoil, amongst a fractured mixture of sandstone sown with fossilized oyster shells.
Above ground, the place is just as intense. It’s exposed boulders, steeply pitched grades and panoramic views of the surrounding land convey a feeling of dramatic scale. The west wind moves constantly through the vines. 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. It is this intense, challenging climate that lends its qualities to Antikythera Pinot Noir.
After studying winemaking at Sina Que Non, Maggie Harrison began vinifying juice at Antica Terra, one of Oregon’s most exciting estates. Harrison highlights the unique growing sites within the Eola-Amity Hills and farms all fruit organically. ‘Antikythera’ is a silky and aromatic Pinot Noir that comes from some of the estate’s oldest plots. Earthy and structured, the wine shows notes of tart cherries, wet forest floor, smoke, and spice."