Located ouside Monroe, Oregon on a sloped hillside in the rain shadow of Mary’s Peak, Sweet Earth Vineyards benefits from this unique microclimate known for producing award winning wines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
About the Owners
Natalie and Nick Payne’s root are deep in the mid-Willamette valley. They grew up in the area and their families have multi-generational ties to the land. In 1934 Natalie’s great grandfather Ralph Hull started a sawmill that became Hull Oakes Lumber Company, located just northwest of Monroe. The sawmill is now on the registry of National Historic Sites and Ralph Hull’s biography, photographs, and drawings of the sawmill are recorded in the Library of Congress. The mill is a short drive from Sweet Earth’s vineyard.
Natalie and Nick went to school together in Monroe and have known each other almost all their lives.
After moving to Oregon at the age of 22, Sweet Earth’s winemaker Matt Compton went to work for Oregon State University, managing a research farm for wine grapes. The New Jersey native and father of three has made wine for several wineries since 2003, garnering many awards and recognitions. He manages vineyards in the South Willamette and has his own winery, Spindrift Cellars, located in Philomath.
at right, Matt Compton
Sweet Earth Vineyards Pinot Noir is now available at all Markets of Choice in Eugene and Corvallis. Our award winning Rosè is also available at Markets of Choice in Corvallis and Eugene’s Franklin Boulevard stores.