Antica Terra is an 11 acre vineyard located on a rocky hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon’s 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 pre-historic seabed rise to the surface, leaving the vines to struggle, without topsoil, amongst a fractured mixture of sandstone sown with fossilized oyster shells. Maggie Harrison's path to winemaking began in the midwestern United States, passed through an extended tour of Equador, Egypt and South Africa, and concluded in California at Sine Qua Non Winery with a life changing ten year apprenticeship. Under the tutelage of Manfred and Elaine Krankl, Maggie assisted in making legendary, wines at the tiny winery that is considered one of the best - if not THE best - producers of Syrah in the US. After a decade at Sine Qua Non, Maggie began making her own wines. Maggie Harrison is clear about her goal; "For me each year, it's most important that I make the most delicious wine I could possibly make." And the most delicious wine will, more than likely, be made from several different sources. "While there are wines that I drink that I'm crazy about, made from one special place, it's not my goal here. I don't have an interest in Antica Terra as its own expression if it's not the best thing I could possibly do."