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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.

– Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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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, being the first to plant the Pinot Noir grape and establish the first post-prohibition winery. 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 and drier 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. Many micro-climates exist due to the "hundred valleys" or the Umpqua. Vineyards are mostly found below 1,000 feet and are planted to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Viognier and a scattering of French American hybrids, including Baco Noir. 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. Currently (2009) there are 22 tasting rooms that are all family owned. – Description from umpquawineau

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