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The Umpqua Valley is famous for its natural beauty and world renowned fishing. It is also an important viticultural region in Oregon. The Umpqua Valley not only separates the Willamette Valley AVA to the north and the Rogue Valley AVA to the south, but also represents the median of Oregon’s climate.

The region is cooler than the Rogue Valley and distinctly warmer than the Willamette Valley to the north. Bordered to the east by the Cascade Mountains and the west by the Coastal Mountain Range, the valley is cooled by Pacific breezes flowing along the Umpqua River. Vineyards are mostly found below 1,000 feet and are planted to Pinot Noir, with smaller amounts of Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and a scattering of French American hybrids. A vineyard’s proximity to the Coast Range can greatly affect its terroir, making generalizations about the region difficult. The region recently gained a sub-appellation, when the TTB granted AVA status to the Red Hills of Douglas County.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

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  • Melrose Vineyards

    Tucked away in the rolling hills of Umpqua Valley lies a breathtaking vision. A deep devotion and...

  • Abacela Vineyards and Winery

    Here, on sunny south sloping rocky hills, we passionately grow Tempranillo, Syrah, Merlot, Dol...

  • Palotai Vineyard

    Palotai Vineyard and Winery invites you to enjoy its Old World hospitality. The winery employs su...

  • Scott Henry's Winery Corp.

    The Henry family is on hand to welcome you to their annual celebration, Henry Goes Wine. This ev...

  • Girardet Wine Cellars & Vineyard

    Philippe Girardet was born and raised in Switzerland near the headwaters of the Rhone, a French-s...

  • MarshAnne Vineyard

    Greg and Fran Cramer came from Maryland to found MarshAnne Landing in the Umpqua Valley. Greg wor...

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  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    Own rooted The problem child of the year, stuck ferment, bit of va Licorice, herb stem, and earthy aromas wrap around a bit of funk on this high toned nose which shows significant VA. Off dry, this is rather fruity and simple with firm little tannins that contribute to a slightly dusty feel in the mouth. Short on the finish with some floral no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2011

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    Not the most approachable of pinots I've had, but this cherry- and starwberry- forward pinot will win you over. Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk


  • Ed, here's a link to my report on our Oregon trip last year.Oregon July ... July ... made it out to Umpqua Valley yet but it is on the to do list mainly because it is relatively unknown in the greater wine world and I love finding hidden gems.Have fun and please report bac Read More

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  • Abacela Albarino 2012

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    13.2%Clear, pale golden color with medium viscosity.Aromas of vanilla, tangerine, and petrol. Medium-bodied with buttery tangerine and mineral flavors. Long length, moderately complex. Suggested pairing: fresh fish. Read More

    Wine review by juliecorc


  • Abacela Estate Tempranillo Southern Oregon Umpqua Valley 2006

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    Deep dark burgundy. Nice structure, medium tannins. Dark berries and cream, baking spice, cherry cola and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Medium-long finish. Round and full with a nice weight. Definitely could have aged longer. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Brandborg Riesling Umpqua Valley 2009

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    Sweet/tart on the nose with candied yet tart aromas of citrus framed with a woodsy almost vanilla note and some cherry candy elements. fairly dry in the mouth, this has plenty of body and comes off as feeling fairly powerful and rich while delivering a hint of apricot layered over deep mineral and slightly herbal flavors on the palate. Dusty an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Eaton Cabernet Sauvignon Umpqua Valley 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Brandborg Pinot Noir Umpqua Valley Northern Reach 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by meganmcmorrow


  • Abacela Syrah Southern Oregon 2007

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    Needed a bit of time to open up in the glass. Nice acid, mid palate weight and finish. Dark berries and spice. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Abacela Tempranillo Reserve 2007

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    oh so gooood. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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