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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...

  • Tempranillo

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Melrose Vineyards

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

  • Misty Oaks Vineyard

    Award-winning Misty Oaks is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery located just west of ...

  • MarshAnne Vineyard

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

  • Palotai Vineyard

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

  • Marsh Anne Landing

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

  • Brandborg Vineyard & Winery

    cool climate pinot noir and aromatic whites

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  • Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rías Baixas 2009

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    Lightly leesy on the nose with lovely, transparent citrus rind and pear tones accented with smoky, quartz notes and gentle green background notes. Nicely taut in the mouth with excellent clarity to the pear and mineral tones that drive through on the lean but flavorful finish. This exhibits lovely balance with all the fruit, mineral and struct... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Henry Estate Müller-Thurgau 2007

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    i enjoyed this recently at our local wine club. the label tag says "apple blossoms, peach, citrus, melon." i'm not that good. i managed to pick up the peach. it was nice and smooth, with a little bit of carbonation added to it, so it still finished pretty crisp. not really acidic. Read More

    Wine review by wineydoc


  • River's Edge Pinot Gris Pace Family Vyd Umpqua Valley 2007

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    First of all, the fact that it is a single vineyard white wine is what draw me into trying it out in the first place. You can tell this is a wine made with care. Upfront a nose of citrus and pineapple and is it opens mineral and petrol. In mouth good structured acidity balance and medium aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by Vinoboutique


  • Brandborg Syrah Umpqua Valley 2005

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    Very nice wine...had three bottles the other night. Read More

    Wine review by Vinoboutique


  • Abacela Tempranillo Umpqua Valley Umpqua Cuvée 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by gcbar


  • Girardet Zinfandel Umpqua Valley 2008

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    This tastes and smells exactly like blue punch Sweet Tarts. It's uncanny. I just had them yesterday at a kiddie birthday party and it's just a funny coincidence. The "tart" part I find interesting because I have never had an Oregon zinfandel, nor a tart one. The difference between oregon and sonoma zin is fascinating. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Brandborg Riesling Umpqua Valley 2008

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    Lean smelling with layered notes of crisp apple fruit under white floral tones and hints of river stones. Sweet on entry but very Kabinett-like with good acidity and a lovely, light bodied feel. The citrus and green apple fruit is very pure and clean feeling with some fine edge details of herbs and flowers adding nice complexity and offering goo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Erath Vineyards Oregon Dry Riesling 2008

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    Dry, slate and lime notes. Nice zesty character. Has a spicy edge to it. Nice.- Tasted at winery 8/17/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Domaine Trouvére Tempranillo Umpqua Valley 2007

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    Nose of fruit, leather and cigar box. Sweet tobacco leaf mixed with dark red fruits on the palate. Lots of red berry and red currant.- Tasted at winery 8/17/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Torii Mor Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Olalla 2008

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    Nose of purple plums, salted caramel, vanilla and cherries. Very unique! Earthy palate. Red and black cherries and caramel. Interesting oak infusion with those caramel notes.- Tasted at winery 8/17/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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