Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon AVA

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Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon AVA
Wine region
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 2005[1]
Country United States
Part of Oregon, Southern Oregon AVA, Umpqua Valley AVA
Climate region Maritime
Total area 5,500 acres (2,226 ha)[2]

The Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Douglas County, Oregon, near the town of Yoncalla. It is entirely contained within the Umpqua Valley AVA, which is itself included within the larger Southern Oregon AVA.


Originally petitioned in 2002 as the "Red Hill AVA", the proposed appellation name brought protest from Willamette Valley AVA vintners, where a region known as Red Hill is also located. Another AVA in California that gained official status in 2004, the Red Hills Lake County AVA also carries a similar name. As a result, the name "Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon" was instead chosen to avoid consumer confusion and the AVA designation was granted in 2005.[3]

Red Hill Vineyard[edit]

The AVA is the home to a single vineyard, the Red Hill Vineyard, founded by the late Wayne Hitchings in 1991. Hitchings died on September 5, 2016. Fruit from Red Hill Vineyard continues to be sold to a few winemakers throughout Oregon.[4] [5]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.190 Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Wine Institute, The (2008). " American Viticultural Areas by State". Retrieved Jen. 29, 2008.
  3. ^ "Establishment of the Red Hill Douglas County, OR Viticultural Area (2001R-88P)" Federal Register. Vol 70, No. 198, Friday October 14, 2005.
  4. ^ "AVA Unto Its Own". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ 2017>OregonWineAlmanac|Oregon Wine Press|January 2017|Page 20