Matthew and Tabitha Compton
After moving to Oregon at the age of 22, Matthew went to work for Oregon State University, managing a research farm for wine grapes. The New Jersey native and father of three then launched his vineyard management company, West Vine Farms; which led to the creation of Small World Wine Company, Matt’s winery and distribution company. He created Spindrift wines in 2003. Over the years, Spindrift garnered many awards and recognitions, including ratings of 90 and above; selection as Best Buy and Top 100 Wines of the World by Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines; and winning Best of Show and several gold medals at Oregon wine festivals. In 2019, Matt and his wife Tabitha renamed their winery “Compton Family Wines” to better represent that “our family does everything from managing the vineyard, harvesting the grapes, making the wine, bottling it, managing the marketing, sales, and running the tasting room.”
Matt and Tabitha have approached building their winery business with passion and intelligence. They started small, focusing on producing crisp, quality wines that display the true varietal characteristics of the grape. A great bottle of wine starts with great grapes, and Matt brings many years of experience and expertise to the husbandry of the vineyards in his care. Using “Certified Sustainable” practices he strives to produce fine wines that are sustainable from vine to bottle.
As the business has grown, Matt has continued to produce wines that are fruit forward, earthy, and expressive of the Oregon vineyards that produce them. It has taken much hard work, determination and savvy, but it is also a labor of love; and the results are a full line of nationally recognized fine wines offered at consumer friendly prices.
“We’re showing more of what the vineyards can do in our area, in the heart of the Willamette Valley,” says Matthew. “They’re true to variety, they’re bright and fragrant and well-received by consumers. People enjoy them.”