|Monday, April 30, 2012|
As you drive up a curving road lined with fir trees that ends at a home with a tower, you could be forgiven for thinking you were transported to France. The home of Marci and Steve Taylor, who own Domaine Margelle Vineyards near Silverton, was designed to look like a traditional French country house. “Growing up, I was always interested in France,” says Marci. “I was lucky to travel there with a French friend, and she introduced me to the warmth and friendliness of her family and friends, and I wanted the home to reflect that.”
The Taylors bought the 130-acre property, which overlooks vineyards and the distant Coast Range, in 2005. Its 50 acres of vines were originally grown as a commodity crop, and they began by reworking the property. “We worked every Sunday for two years hacking blackberries, building walls and sculpting the forests,” says Steve.
To plan the property, the Taylors worked with creative consultant Nick Thomas of Nick Thomas Design in Portland, who oversaw the project and also fabricated the home and vineyard’s metalwork. “The property is orchestrated so that there are discoverable destinations, such as the manoir, the cottage, the barn and the landscape visible from the house,” says Thomas. “The property and its paths are designed to lead you places.”
Domaine Margelle Vineyards takes its name, which translates as Stone Wall Estate, from the long red walls built from excavated rocks. Jose Martinez, a gardener who had worked for the Taylors at their Portland residence, built the walls. “Jose told me he could build rock walls, so he brought his whole family out one Saturday and built a section of wall to show us,” says Marci. “The wall around the vineyard is officially known as the Martinez Family Wall.”