Big Table Farm
We moved to Oregon from Napa and bought property in the Willamette Valley (about an hour outside of Portland) on which we plan to plant a vineyard. This Oregon adventure is inspired by our desire to grow grapes, make wine, and to have the space for all of Clare’s animals and Brian’s wacky projects. The process of planting vines is a long and expensive one, so in the meantime we have purchased grapes and made wine starting in 2006. We named our Farm and winery after our desire to provide a gracious and welcoming table for ourselves and friends, with a cornucopia of hand-crafted food and wine. Ambitious as it is, we have launched a winery and are establishing a working farm, where we raise pasture poultry, pigs, cows, and egg-laying chickens. We also keep a large garden. We are working towards a managed intensive grazing system of farming that builds our soil, sequesters carbon, and moves us towards a healthy, sustainable and diverse farm.
Brian Marcy is our winemaker. In 1996 Brian worked his first harvest, having studied fermentation science at Davis he took to the process of winemaking easily and loved it. Brian worked in the Napa Valley and learned from many of the most esteemed winemakers and wineries including Turley Wine cellars, Neyers Vineyards, Blankiet Estate and Marcassin just to name a few. Brian also spent a Harvest working in Australia at Trevor Jones Fine Wines. These varied experiences have contributed to Brian’s ability to optimize each vintage and vineyard into the bottles of Big Table Farm wines.