Umpqua Valley AVA

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Umpqua Valley AVA
Wine region
Oregon Muller Thurgau from Henry Estate.jpg
Muller-Thurgau wine from the Umpqua Valley
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1984[1]
Country United States
Part of Oregon, Southern Oregon AVA
Sub-regions Red Hill Douglas County, Oregon AVA
Climate region Maritime
Grapes produced Baco noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tempranillo[2]

Part of the larger Southern Oregon AVA, which was established in 2004, the Umpqua Valley American Viticultural Area is one of the first AVA's in Oregon and is located entirely within Douglas County, Oregon. The official boundaries of the AVA are detailed in the United States of America Code of Federal Regulations Title 27 Chapter I Part 9 section 89(C). Grapes grown here include Pinot noir, Pinot gris, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and more.[2] The first post-prohibition estate winery in Oregon was established at HillCrest Vineyards in 1961, where the first Pinot Noir vines in Oregon were planted. In 1995 the first Tempranillo vines in Oregon were planted at Abacela[3] resulting in the first 100% varietal Tempranillo wines in the Pacific Northwest.[4] The first commercial Grüner Veltliner in the U.S. was produced in the Umpqua Valley AVA by Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards.[5]


  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.89 Umpqua Valley." Archived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Umpqua Valley (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Jan. 29, 2008.
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  5. ^ Rex-Johnson, Braiden (November 9th, 2008). "Wine & Spirits 2008". The Seattle Times.