“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

and Wine Vineyard Every Vine Map

1PacificaPinot Noir667101-14
2Wedding TreePinot Noir9433309
3SysiphusPinot NoirPommard3309
4Lightning RodPinot Noir777101-14
5John J. KramerChardonnay69(76)101-14
7Home OakChardonnay46(75)101-14
10BradiePinot Noir1153309
11J. AddisonPinot NoirCoury101-14
12Trixie's PoolPinot Noir9433309
13Christmas TreePinot Noir828101-14
# 1BLOCK NAME PacificaVARIETY Pinot Noir
# 2BLOCK NAME Wedding TreeVARIETY Pinot Noir
# 3BLOCK NAME SysiphusVARIETY Pinot Noir
CLONE Pommard
# 4BLOCK NAME Lightning RodVARIETY Pinot Noir
# 5BLOCK NAME John J. KramerVARIETY Chardonnay
CLONE 69(76)
# 6BLOCK NAME AriaVARIETY Chardonnay
# 7BLOCK NAME Home OakVARIETY Chardonnay
CLONE 46(75)
# 8BLOCK NAME MarianaVARIETY Chardonnay
CLONE 37(95)
# 9BLOCK NAME GatewayVARIETY Chardonnay
CLONE 44(Musque)
# 10BLOCK NAME BradieVARIETY Pinot Noir
# 11BLOCK NAME J. AddisonVARIETY Pinot Noir
# 12BLOCK NAME Trixie's PoolVARIETY Pinot Noir
# 13BLOCK NAME Christmas TreeVARIETY Pinot Noir

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as told by Rick Terry

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.


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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.

We consciously keep much of our farmable land in its primitive state, as it has been for eons. We encourage the elk and the black tail deer that make this place their home to stay. We intentionally and peacefully coexist with them. Currently we farm only 15 of our 57 acres. The remainder of our property is kept in its primordial state, an unfenced haven for ancient flora and fauna. We carefully preserved hundreds of ancient trees, silent witnesses to epic stories that remain untold.

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.


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THE STORY of ...and...

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.




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Rick Terry, Founder

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.”
Well-meaning friends sometimes say to Rick “What are you thinking? It’s time to play it safe, ease into a comfortable semi-retirement of consulting, speaking and travel. You’ve had a nice career and it’s time to relax and enjoy yourself.” But Rick’s reply is “not a chance.” He is excited about the family’s boutique vineyard which showcases …and…, the brand he created with Ad and Coleen. What could be more exciting than an Oregon adventure with those he loves most: his children, Ad and Colleen, his wife, Leslie, and Trixie, their vineyard dog? Come join them on their journey. You won’t be disappointed!

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…

Jared Etzel, Winemaker
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, Vineyard Manager
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.


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... and ... WINE NEWS

January 9th, 2016

The Evolution of a Resolution

by Rick Terry

Unintended Consequences and New Year Resolutions

Happy 2016 everyone! By now I’m sure many of you are deep into the process of reinventing yourself by way of the age old tradition of New Year’s resolutioneering.  And perhaps, at least a few of us have already fallen from grace and reverted back into our well worn and quite comfortable roles as willful transgressors. My advice dear reader is to be careful with what you resolve. The law of unintended consequences is alive and well and I speak authoritatively of its effect.

The Resolution that started it all
In my early 40’s I was well into a challenging career and New Year’s resolutioneering was a firmly ingrained habit of which I was quite proud. Backsliding from the enormous list of things I resolved to do each year to become a better ENTJ was also quite engrained, ensuring that my next year’s list would be even more daunting…and soul sucking. Patience please, loyal reader, this story will eventually get to the subject of wine…and perhaps even become interesting.

After over a decade of under-performing on my lengthy resolution list each year, (read serious perfectionist tendencies) I happened across an article that suggested having only ONE resolution annually. This was a very novel and radical idea. I had so many things that needed improvement. How could I pick just one? By this time, I was half of a youngish married couple with small children, and we had developed an almost daily wine habit…also a nightly ice cream habit, which was adding to my waistline, creating yet another resolution that needed attention.

But, as a newly minted convert to the minimalist school of Resolutions, I bravely selected only ONE New Year’s Resolution. I still have all of my annual resolutions for the past 25+ years and this is what our resolution was for that year. “We will drink less, but better wine. By increasing the quality of the wine we drink, we will increase our enjoyment, and therefore, reduce our overall spending.”  Both of us signed on earnestly.

Unintended Consequences
As the new year unfolded, all went as planned until maybe February…Yes we were buying better wine (read 750 ml vs. jug). Yes, we were enjoying the wine much more, noticing nuances and varietal characteristics that just didn’t exist in the jugged plonk we had become accustomed to.  But we noticed something else almost immediately–we began learning about wines and regions and how to pair it with foods, and we enjoyed talking about wines and sharing wines with friends.

We began splurging for special occasions, and even vacationing in wine country venues. Wine had quickly become much more than a joyless habit, remarkable only for its flabby sameness.  And NO, we did not reduce our overall wine spending.

Terry Family WInes, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Terry Family Wines, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Harvesting is all done by hand.  No mechanical harvesting done on our farm.

Wine “Note”
As the years rolled by, resolutions came and went.  I became more scientific about my spending patterns. By this time I had improved my wine knowledge and enjoyment, and had even allowed myself the aspiration of owning my own wine business. In preparation for that distant reality, I paid off all my debt and continued to track my spending, still resolving to drink less but better wine (no comment on nightly ice cream).

Under the steely eye of my expense tracking software, the truth was inescapable—I was learning a lot about viticulture and enology (farming and wine-making) and spending a LOT of money on wine! As I consulted with my financial advisor (and my own inner critic) I was always a bit uncomfortable speaking the indelicate truth of the extent of my annual wine spend until my CPA quipped, “Don’t be so hard on yourself. You have no debt and you have a good income. The amount you are spending is not any different than a modest mortgage or car note. Why don’t you just call it your ‘wine note’?” Savvy advisor or enabler?  Either way he’s still my financial guy today.



All successful vineyards have one thing in common; the owners footsteps.

Terry Family Wines
Fast forward a few more years, and many more New Year’s Resolutions, and here I am on January 3, 2016, preparing yet another list of to do’s.  This dear friends, is where we get back on task and start to talk about wine. Thank you for persevering with my trip down memory lane. I am sure there is a point to be made somewhere in our very near future.

Oh, yes, be careful with this dangerous habit of New Year’s Resolutions. They can lead you to unintended places, and have strange, unintended outcomes.  As for me, I consider myself somewhat of a radical “resolutioneer”.  My resolutions this year are: 1. Be kind to all living beings; 2. Gratitude is the central tenant of life; 3. Never, ever compromise on quality;   4. Be authentic, and 5. No regrets.  Finally, I’ve checked off the resolution to drink less but better wine.

Now, about our wines. The year 2015 was a perfect year for growing grapes in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Our harvest was plentiful and very high quality. Noted experts claim it was the best crop in the last 35 years. Time and barrel aging will tell. Our 2014 lineup was released in October. All of our 2014 releases are sourced from our estate vineyard. We did not purchase any fruit, preferring to control every aspect of the wine making by using our own carefully tended fruit exclusively.

We now have two Chardonnay offerings, one is a Burgundian style and the other is more of a new world style. Both are outstanding! Only 48 cases made. We also released two 2014 Pinot Noirs which are 100% estate sourced. Tasting notes and critical reviews are forthcoming in the not too distant future. We are very pleased with all of our new offerings …and…Yes, our family is drinking higher quality wines than ever…and… No, we are not eating less ice cream.

Terry Family WInes, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Terry Family Wines, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The art of the hand pick.

Resolve to drink better wine, but be careful, you might find yourself owning a wine business, a major unintended consequence.  We still have a few cases of our inaugural 2013 Pinot Noir left. Our 2014 vintage of Estate Pinot Noir and Estate Chardonnay are recently released and ready for your enjoyment. Call me at 503-839-6343 for pricing and availability.

Please share this blog with anyone who might be interested, and follow us on social media with the links below.  We are a new brand, relatively unknown in the industry, and available only through direct sales at this time therefore, word of mouth referrals are very much appreciated. Most of all, we invite you to make our wines a part of your new year by resolving to drink better wine. Wine that is authentic and of uncompromising quality. Wine that is scarce and can’t be purchased anywhere but directly from me. Wine that truly connects you with our land and our story and our common connections. After all, we are all joined at the sip!


From our family to yours, we wish you all the best in 2016!


Pictures from our 2015 harvest.

Terry Family WInes, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Terry Family Wines, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

The beginning of harvest 2015.

Terry Family WInes, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Terry Family Wines, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Rick inspecting the Pinot harvest.

Terry Family WInes, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Terry Family Wines, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Sorting line.

Terry Family WInes, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Terry Family Wines, Harvest 2015, Yamhill Carlton AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Four sets of eyes makes sure every single grape is worthy.



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