What is an amphora vessel? It is a two-handled storage jar that holds oil, wine, milk, grain or other various items. Amphora was also the term for a unit of measure. Amphoras were sometimes used as grave markers or as containers for funeral offerings or human remains. In the wine world and here in the Willamette Valley, there is a vineyard called the Beckham Estate. This Estate is likely, the only winery in the world where the production of the terra cotta #amphora vessels for fermenting and aging is on-site, and we find everything they do here fascinatingly brilliant! Upon moving onto the property in 2004 with the intent of building a ceramics studio, the Beckham’s became inspired by local farming and began clearing and planting the property to begin growing. They expanded their vineyard to nearly half of their 34 acres and the property grows 6 grape varietals; Pinot Noir, Trousseau Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Aligoté and Gamay Noir. It is without a doubt an incredibly unique tasting experience and one you simply do not want to miss. A Great Oregon Wine Tour will take you there!
Amphora Wine Vessel