Greg and Fran Cramer came from Maryland to found MarshAnne Landing in the Umpqua Valley. Greg worked as a chemist on food safety issues for the US Food and Drug Administration for 20 years. Fran worked on computer network systems in the public and private sector for her entire career in the Washington, DC area. A family reunion in the summer of 1995 with Greg's 84-year-old father and two brothers to climb Mt. Hood brought Greg and Fran to appreciate the beautiy and opportunity of Oregon. Their first trip to the Umpqua was in the spring of 1996, when they searched for a site in Oregon that would prove favorable for the growing of their beloved Syrah and other Rhone grapes. Greg quickly saw the "grape" potential for an exciting life ahead in Oregon given the opportunity for a rapidly approaching early retirement, his love of wine, many years of home winemaking, and recognition of Oregon as one of the great wine growing regions of the world.
Over the years, Greg and Fran had developed a particular passion Read more »