Wine Facts

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Number of Wineries

With 32 producers — from growers to wineries — and 23 winery members of the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association from which to choose, you will explore an array of winemaking styles and find new favorites on the Umpqua Valley wine tour. Visit our Members page for a list of wineries looking forward to hosting you.

Number of Vineyards

We are home to 70 vineyards with plantings that total over 1,500 acres. As one of Oregon’s most diverse AVAs in terms of climate ranges, we successfully grow both cool and warm climate grape varieties; cooler grapes like Pinot Noir and Riesling shine in the northern part of our region, while warmer varieties such as Tempranillo thrive in the south valley.

Number of Varieties

There are over 40 varieties planted to the Umpqua Valley. Our focus varieties include Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Soils

Over 150 soil types are derived from a mix of metamorphic, sedimentary and volcanic rock. The valley floor levels have mostly deep alluvial or heavy clay materials, while the hillsides and bench locations have mixed alluvial, silt or clay structures – all typically excellent for winegrowing.

Topography

The complex topography of the Umpqua Valley is a result of the collision of three mountain ranges of varying age and structure: the Klamath Mountains, the Coast Range and the Cascades. Many say the area should not be thought of as a single valley but, rather, more accurately “The Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua” because it is made up of a series of interconnecting small mountain ranges and valleys. There is a natural order with climate being cooler and wetter in the north and considerably warmer and dryer in the south.

Land Size & Borders

The Umpqua Valley sits between the Coast Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the east, with the Willamette Valley AVA to the north and the Rogue Valley AVA to the south. The appellation stretches 65 miles from north to south, and is 25 miles from east to west.

There are two sub-AVAs wholly within the boundaries of the Umpqua Valley: Red Hill-Douglas Country, established in 2004 and Elkton, established in 2013.

Earliest Plantings

Post prohibition the first winery in the Umpqua was Adolph Doerner’s “Old #7 winery” located on Heydon Road near Roseburg. Doerner’s vineyards were planted by his father Adam, perhaps in the 1890s or earlier. Ray Doerner continued to operate “old # 7” until 1965 when he paid the last BATF taxes and closed his business.

Richard Sommer established Hillcrest Vineyards near the Doerner’s in 1961, and was the first to plant Pinot Noir in Oregon. During the 1970s and 1980s, new wineries opened, including Henry Estate Winery, whose winemaker Scott Henry developed a now world-famous trellis system, which increases grape yield, among other benefits.

The Umpqua Valley appellation continues to evolve as new winemakers discover the area, bringing with them a passion for innovation and growing excellent wines.