Beckham Estate
Oregon, USA

Ceramist and professor of ceramics, Andrew Beckham is living the dream by combining his two passions; ceramics and wine. He is the first North American winemaker to boast of producing 100 to 220 gallons of fermented wine aged in amphorae. Amphorae moreover, made by his own artist's hands. It all began in 2004 when, with his wife Annedria, they acquired their property in the Chehalem Mountains in the Willamette Valley in Oregon with the intention of building a ceramist studio. Very happy to discover that the vines grow quite well in the soil of volcanic rocks, they bottle their first vintage in 2009. In 2011, inspired by the winemaking methods of the great Elisabetta Foradori, Andrew starts the production of his now legendary amphorae. Beckham Estate Vineyard now has 8 certified organic acres, 6.5 of which are mostly of the Pinot Noir varietal, they have one acre of Riesling, and Jurassic varietals including Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau.

The couple also vinifies grapes from friends such as Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Vermentino, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, which are all organic of course. On the vineyard, children, neighbors, friends and animals alike rub shoulders together, with a harmonious respect for nature.