“The Terry Family Vineyard is one of the most unique sites I have farmed. Rocks are not a new phenomenon in the vineyard, but the rocky crest of the hill is something spectacular. The vineyard had a coat of basalt cobbles that caused havoc for us during development. Now those rocks have been organized into short walls below the vines. The stones inhibit weeds, absorb heat during the day and radiate it at night. The underlying soil is uplifted marine sediment of the Willakenzie type, making for a beautiful juxtaposition between the volcanic basalt, ancient seabed, and our vines struggling through it all. I am always amazed how we can have such a unique terrior that is specific to just this site.”
– Evan Bellingar, Vineyard Manager
TERRY FAMILY VINEYARD PLOT MAP
|2||Wedding Tree||Pinot Noir||943||3309|
|4||Lightning Rod||Pinot Noir||777||101-14|
|5||John J. Kramer||Chardonnay||69(76)||101-14|
|11||J. Addison||Pinot Noir||Coury||101-14|
|12||Trixie's Pool||Pinot Noir||943||3309|
|13||Christmas Tree||Pinot Noir||828||101-14|
|# 1||BLOCK NAME Pacifica||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 2||BLOCK NAME Wedding Tree||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 3||BLOCK NAME Sysiphus||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 4||BLOCK NAME Lightning Rod||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 5||BLOCK NAME John J. Kramer||VARIETY Chardonnay|
|# 6||BLOCK NAME Aria||VARIETY Chardonnay|
|# 7||BLOCK NAME Home Oak||VARIETY Chardonnay|
|# 8||BLOCK NAME Mariana||VARIETY Chardonnay|
|# 9||BLOCK NAME Gateway||VARIETY Chardonnay|
|# 10||BLOCK NAME Bradie||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 11||BLOCK NAME J. Addison||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 12||BLOCK NAME Trixie's Pool||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
|# 13||BLOCK NAME Christmas Tree||VARIETY Pinot Noir|
Although our family is relatively new to the wine business, farming has been in our DNA for centuries. Our very name – Terry – is derived from the French word “terre” meaning “of the earth.” Our family lineage is humble. We are farmers, ranchers, arborists, and vine tenders. Ours is a rich history of living on the land. Our Grandparents first tended vines in the Mosel River Valley of Germany, then farmed in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and the great Plains states. Now, a new generation continues their tradition in Oregon.
As a young man fresh out of college I aspired to change our family’s trajectory and chose city life, away from the rolling hills of the family farm. Determined to get as far away as possible from the hard work in the hot sun, mud and cold winter months, I chose a career in the ‘suit wearing’ business of wealth management. My love of the land stayed with me.
Over the years I found that spending my leisure time outside in the fresh air, mostly as a ‘wine tourist’ greatly revived me. My greatest joys and fondest memories came while touring the great vineyards of the world and enjoying the community of food and wine, preferably with my family. I dreamed of growing my own grapes and making my own wine.
In 2010, I could no longer resist the sirens’ song. I began looking at established vineyards for sale in the Willamette Valley but none felt right. My dream came to fruition in the most unlikely of places – an overgrown, abandoned Christmas tree farm on a sunny hillside in Yamhill-Carlton. I can see it in my mind’s eye and feel the sun on my face like it was yesterday.
As I stood on that hilltop surrounded by rocks and poison oak, I stared across the Willamette Valley at Mt. Hood. Like a pleasant dream, the undulating hillside revealed herself to me utterly transformed, filled now with row after row of grapevines laden with lush fruit. In that moment, I knew this was the place. The Terry family had come full circle – from work boots to John Lobb loafers and back again. Maybe it was my imagination, but I swear our geologic cousin, Mt. Hood, winked back at me.
Minimalism, excellence, sustainability and authenticity are our core values in business and in life. Above all, we are minimalists. We are dry farmers, entirely dependent on the vagaries of nature to provide necessary hydration. Without irrigation, our vines are forced to struggle for life-giving water and nourishment deep in the Willikenzie soils and volcanic basalt bristling throughout our property.
Our minimalist philosophy continues from the vineyard to the winery. At harvest, our dedicated crew arrives before sunrise. We hand pick our grapes and while they are still cool, we carefully transport them to our team of hand sorters at the winery. Multiple pairs of experienced eyes ensure that every single grape is without blemish, so that only the very best fruit from our estate makes its way into your glass.
As fermentation begins, we allow only native yeasts from our own terroir to do the important work of natural fermentation. We never use commercial yeast, no matter how inconvenient. We relish the fact that our wines are authentic and taste different from year to year based on Mother Nature’s whims. Subtle nuances of flavor arise from each year’s varying heat and rainfall, wind, intention and spirit. Our wines are unfiltered and unfined, resulting in wine that speaks its truth with as little manipulation from us as possible.
Our values are expressed in our label . . . and . . . which graphically expresses our belief in the power of minimalism and authenticity. Three letters and six dots on organic paper embossed with the actual topographic lines of our steep and undulating property. Our label colors are basic and natural, each color selected from somewhere on our 57 acres. From the mists of time to the eternal now, Nature has invested eons heaving away at our craggy hillside, making it the work in progress that it is today. We embrace our role as stewards of an ongoing project that is without end.
Perhaps the most surprising discovery thus far has been how difficult it is to come up with a name that is both unique and meaningful which can also be trademarked. For the first several years of our existence, we assumed that we could just use our family name, and we operated as Terry Family Wines. In the autumn of 2014, with wine ready to be bottled, we learned a new label was necessary because a derivation of “Terry” was trademarked by a global company.
Stunned, we began searching for a meaningful name that wasn’t already taken. Our family gathered often, yellow note pads at the ready, glasses of wine in hand, listing countless ideas for names. The ones we considered revolved around themes that are important to us: nature, music, animals, art, philosophy, spirituality, love, family, and many others. We fell in love with the perfect name many times, only to find that it was already taken.
We began to notice a pattern. Most of the names that we liked the most were two or more words linked together in unusual ways. Sometimes it was a melodic or unusual pairing of words or ideas. Sometimes we were drawn to names that were a comparison of two polarities.
We considered hundreds of names. Dictionaries were consulted. Synonyms and antonyms were compared. One evening we noticed that the common theme in all the names we liked was the word “and.” We got excited about the idea of “and” as a potential brand. After all, “and” the conjunction, is the ultimate connector of words, ideas, and phrases, much like our wine is a connector of people, ideas, food, nature and families.
“…and…” was certainly minimal as a name goes, but the question arose of “and” what? “And” is not a connector until it has two or more ideas to connect. The Eureka moment arrived when we came up with the idea of ellipses, the three dots preceding or following a word. We decided to put the ellipses at the front and back of the word “and’’ thus evoking the connotation of openness, surrounding the connectivity of “and”. The idea of universal connectivity was very exciting to us as a metaphor of how we see our wines – a connector of people, places, ideas, senses, nature’s rhythms, and family. Thus, our brand was born.
. . . and . . . is more than a wine or a brand, it represents a lifestyle of inclusion. In the midst of a world that is too often marked by exclusion, we invite you to share a bottle of our wine with friends, old and new, and to harmonize, unite and gather to celebrate the simple things that join us all. We hope that you will enjoy our wines and that they will provide the backdrop for many happy adventures and exciting connections.
Rick is a self-described contrarian. His refusal to compromise on truth and to buy into conventional wisdom served him well as a wealth manager advising successful families about their financial and legacy goals. Rick’s fierce independence and rigorous thought process earned him a reputation as a truth-teller, prickly at times, but always authentic. Rick says he entered the wine business to “craft liquid truth and bottle poetry, one uncompromising case at a time.”
James Addison Terry, Co-founder
Born and raised in Austin, Texas, ‘Ad’ as he is commonly referred to, enjoys spending his free time traveling the country to see live music, enjoy amazing food, and drink northwestern wines. Ad earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from The University of Colorado at Boulder, where his love for the outdoors and adventure kept him out of the classroom a little more than his parents would’ve preferred. He currently works in Marketing for a digital media and apparel startup in Austin, TX, while trying to make it to the PNW as much as possible.
Colleen Terry, Co-founder
Colleen graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Film Production and Music Business. She has always appreciated fine wine, and began her career as a wine consultant at an upscale family-run chain of wine stores in Texas. It was in those years that Colleen began mastering the business aspects of wine sales, marketing and distribution. Though Colleen now works in human resources in San Antonio, Texas, …and… exists in the “someday” space of her future.
As for now, she will continue to be an avid Oregon wine fan, a label enthusiast, and soon-to-be-hostess at her own tasting room. Despite living miles from family, friends, and fruit, the comradery and cooperation of the Oregon wine community keeps her invested in her dream. Colleen sees value in small production and thoughtfully produced wine, with an end goal of connecting elements and ideas which might otherwise remain separate…
Winemaker Jared Etzel’s mantra is zero compromise when it comes to quality. Jared is the second generation of Oregon Pinot Noir producer Beaux Freres, and started working in the vineyard at the age of 10. He received his bachelor’s degree in Enology & Viticulture from Oregon State University and continued his education working vintages in the Willamette Valley, Rioja, Priorat, Napa, and the Sonoma Coast. Jared consults with a few clients who share his vision of pushing the envelope in order to bring recognition to Oregon as one of the highest quality wine producing regions in the world.
Evan Bellingar earned a degree in Horticulture from Oregon State University, and was OSU’s first graduate with the Viticulture and Enology Option. Evan was the student manager at OSU’s research vineyard.
In 2011, Evan came to Yamhill County and joined Results Partners, a local vineyard development and management company, as a site manager. Evan has been at the Terry Family Vineyard site from day one. He has overseen the transformation of an abandoned Christmas tree farm that was little more than an unkempt rock pile overrun with wild berries, all the way through excavation, planting, fencing and cultivation to today’s sustainably farmed and manicured vineyard.
February 17th, 2017
Let’s Celebrate! – by Rick Terry
Ah February, such a quirky little month. Only 28 days short, except when it’s 29. It kind of reminds me of Pluto, the Planet, except when it’s a celestial snowball or dwarf planet. February is such an anomaly. Health Club crowds are back to normal. All but the staunchest resolutioneers have reverted to sleeping in, their resolutions now a distant memory, waiting on the shelf until they take a go at it next year.
February is a month where there is so much to celebrate and yet so few days to indulge in celebrating. What are you celebrating in the waning days of this shortest month?
We are cramming as much as we can into the remainder of this little gem of a month. We’ve already enjoyed a Snow Moon, a Partial Eclipse, Valentine’s Day, and we are barely half done!
February 18th, is DRINK WINE DAY, and, OPEN THAT BOTTLE NIGHT, both legitimate annual holidays for wine drinkers. Need an excuse for some weekday indulgence? Raise a glass for President’s Day, February 20th or upgrade from beads and beer on Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, February 28th. As for us, we are celebrating 3 great surprises: Recent blind tastings by Wine Spectator Magazine awarded our 2014 Pinot Noir a score of 92, followed closely by a 90 for our Estate Chardonnay, and an 88 on our Yamhill-Carlton Chardonnay!
To help you celebrate during the remainder of February, all our wines are on sale for $40 per bottle (we pay shipping on orders of 6 or more). To purchase at this one-time only discounted friends and family rate, email your orders to email@example.com. Sale ends 2/28. Recent accolades have already taken a toll on our inventory, so replenish your stock of …and…wines today!
As a young company, we are very proud of these scores. We appreciate all of you who believed in us from the start! Please follow us on social media. Your “Likes”, “Shares”, and photos of you with friends and family enjoying …and… wines posted on your Facebook pages and our and wine Company’s Facebook page, are much appreciated! Be sure to tag us, and use our hashtag #andwinecompany too!
We don’t make the most wine we can, we make the best wine we can.
December 13th, 2016
…and… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
by Rick Terry
Terry Family Wines, And Wine Company and the Terry family announce special holiday pricing for the remainder of 2016, just in time for your gift giving and holiday celebrations.
In addition to our normal offer of free shipping and 20% off of single bottle prices for 6 or more bottles, we are offering an additional 20% discount for the remainder of the year. Discount applies only for orders of 6 or more bottles.You must order by December 15th to ensure Christmas delivery but the holiday pricing is effective through 12/31/16. The special discount will be applied at checkout. Magnums not included.
Visit our online store to place your order today. Purchase …and… here. (Please be patient while it loads.)
Happy Holidays from the Terry’s,
– Rick, Leslie, Ad, Colleen and Trixie