Lava Terrace Wines
Their love of wine and their joy of sustainable farming led Dina and Duane Barker to explore how they could grow wine grapes on their five acres in Bend, Oregon.
Already successful business partners with their company Brilliance in Branding, Dina, and Duane delved into researching what grape varietals would successfully grow on their land at 3,400’ elevation and survive the cold winters. They knew they wanted grape varietals that had a late bud break and an early harvest.
They planted Marechal Foch and pinot noir in 2012. Only three of the 20 pinot noir plants survived. The Marechal Foch flourished. In 2014, they added La Crescent, Brianna, and Marquette and planted more Marechal Foch. The Barkers have converted their property which was mostly sagebrush, lava rocks with incredible outcroppings, and unusable slopes into an amazing vineyard with more than 4,000 vines. They plan to plant more vines in the spring of 2021.
They said the greatest challenge of growing grapes is having patience because it takes about five years for the vines to produce good fruit to make commercial-level wine. In 2017, they took their first harvest to a winemaker.