Troon Vineyard: An Oregon Winegrowing Heritage Vineyard
Troon Vineyard has over 40 years of history in Southern Oregon; the original vines were planted in 1972 by Dick Troon and for a number of years farming and selling the grapes to local wineries. Deciding the real solution to the business was creating his own wines Dick converted his barn to a winery. He continued building the brand until 2003 when he sold the winery to his friend Larry Martin to create a new era for both Troon and Southern Oregon wine business.
Many stories and legends have been told about Dick Troon whose eccentricities and charisma worked well for a displaced Scotsman. For deep in his heart his Scottish heritage was the way in which he lived. Troon Vineyard was originally a cattle grazing property and after a number of years and after finding out that vinifera produced much greater income per acre he set about getting educated about grapes and wine. He planted, experimented, cursed, re-planted and eventually came to a conclusion that the grapes grown on Troon Vineyard were the best in the world. This was particularly true when one of his Zinfandel wines won best of show at the international wine festival in Aspen. Dick Troon loved the beautiful Applegate Valley, the people and his winery. He often said Troon Vineyard was the center of the universe and to him it was.
(Note by Larry Martin: Dick Troon was a good friend that told everyone he selected me to take over the winery. Possibly it was because I let him catch more fish on our adventures on the rivers and we agreed not to talk about those things upon which we disagreed.)
In 2003 Larry Martin, native Oregonian, successful businessman and wine collector, took over the winery and began a new era. All of the original buildings and landscaping were removed to create what is there today. Troon Vineyard was reborn: under the leadership of Martin a beautiful tasting room was built, larger and more modern production facilities established, new vineyards planted, and a diversity of varietals were introduced to become a permanent part of our program. A second tasting room in Carlton Oregon was established as the business grew and continues to grow. Troon wines have been extended to include world class Vermentino, Syrah, Tannat, Malbec, beautiful white and red blends; as well as our originally planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel under the direction of Martin.
We welcome you to Troon Vineyard, and invite you to try our wines and visit our estate as well as our tasting room in Carlton, Oregon. Here in this special place you will experience firsthand why our wines have been praised around the country and the world. It is what continues to motivate us to innovate and set the standard for viticulture and wines everywhere.
Larry Martin – President and Proprietor
Larry Martin is a third or fourth generation Oregonian (depending on whom one believes) graduated with degrees in both mechanical engineering and mathematics from Oregon State University. Mr. Martin’s father was a founder of Gem Tops an Oregon company who pioneered the pickup truck cover.
Mr. Martin’s fifty year career in international business included many introductions to fine wine resulting in Larry becoming a wine aficionado; spending the next 40 years as a collector of fine wines. Now he spreads his time between being the Proprietor of Troon Vineyard and writing fiction.