2019 Greatest of the Grape Awards Announced

Umpqua Valley Winegrowers – 2019 Greatest of the Grape
April 13, 2019, Roseburg, OR.

The 49th Annual Greatest of the Grape, presented by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, was held Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Award categories for the Professional Wine Judges are: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Professional Wine Judges come a day early to “blind taste” the wine that will be poured at the Greatest of the Grape event on Saturday night. This year’s judges are: Michael Alberty with the Oregonian, Dr. Liz Thach from Sonoma State University, and Matt Talbot, blogger from Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Platinum Medal (only one award given):
Delfino Vineyards / 2015 Delfino Forza Tempranillo

Gold Medals:
Girardet Vineyards & Winery / 2017 Girardet Take Flight White
Spangler Vineyards / 2015 Spangler Carménère

Silver Medals:
Paul O’Brien Winery / 2014 Paul O’Brien Winery Tempranillo
The Cellars at SOWI / 2016 The Cellars at SOWI Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze Medals:
Bradley Vineyards / 2015 Bradley Vineyards Pinot Noir
Cooper Ridge Vineyard / 2015 Cooper Ridge Vineyard Merlot

The Professional Food Judges at this year’s event are: Chris Cook the Owner of Capiche Wine Marketing & PR, Nathan Radford a former Executive Chef, and graduate of the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, and Nancy Rodriguez a freelance writer living in the Umpqua Valley.

Winner: True Kitchen & Bar
Runner-Up: The Parrott House

Best Restaurant/Winery Presentation:

The Professional Judge for the Best Restaurant/Winery Presentation is: Andrew Calvert from The Perfect Occasion

Winner: Condon’s Culinary Creations
Runner Up: Steamboat Inn

Peoples Choice Awards:

The Greatest of the Grape award is the People’s Choice Award voted for the best wine overall, voted on by the attendees at the event. Attendees also vote on their Favorite Red, Favorite White, Wine/Food Pairing, and Favorite Food.

Greatest of the Grape: Co-Champions / Tie
Becker Vineyard / 2017 Becker Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Cooper Ridge Vineyard / 2015 Cooper Ridge Vineyard Merlot

Favorite Red:
Winner: Delfino / 2015 Delfino Forza Tempranillo
Runner-Up: HillCrest Winery & Distillery / 2015 HillCrest Vineyard Les Combettes Pinot Noir

Favorite White:
Winner: Abacela / 2018 Abacela Albariño
Runner-Up: Girardet Vineyards & Winery / 2017 Girardet Take Flight White

Favorite Wine / Food Pairing:
Winner: Becker Vineyard / 2017 Becker Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Firehouse Fudge Company / Simple, creamy milk chocolate fudge
Runner-Up: Abacela / 2018 Abacela Albariño and River Rush Catering / Grilled peach gelato in a shortbread spoon

Favorite Food :
Winner: Steamboat Inn / Smoked bacon conserva in gourgeres
Runner-Up: True Kitchen & Bar / Rosemary toast, corned beef short rib, fire roasted tomato jam, black pepper creme fraiche, maple glazed bacon

For more information:
(541) 673-5323
PO Box 447, Roseburg, OR 97470

Umpqua Valley Fine Wines Bicycle Tour

Cycle Umpqua comes to Umpqua Valley wineries! Take an Easy, Fun, Fine-Wine Ride Through Oregon’s Premier Cycling and Wine Region. Check it out on Cycle Umpqua.

Abacela Brings Home More Gold with Grenache Rosé

Abacela’s 2017 Estate Grenache Rosé has won gold medals at four West Coast wine competitions in 2018, including Experience Rosé in Sonoma. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

HEALDSBURG, Calif. — Abacela in Southern Oregon continues to collect gold medals up and down the West Coast this year in the rosé category as its 2017 Grenache Rosé recently received a double gold medal at the Experience Rosé Competition staged in Sonoma.

The five-year-old judging, which rebranded this year after its debut as Rosé Today, was orchestrated by Sonoma-based sommelier Debra Del Fiorentino. The 2018 competition generated 317 entries, signalling an increase of 37 percent, and included wines from Australia, France, Italy and Canada.

This spring, Abacela, the Umpqua Valley winery that has helped bring international acclaim to Southern Oregon with its groundbreaking work with varieties native to the Iberian Peninsula, most notably Tempranillo, now has claimed a gold medal from four West Coast wine competitions in 2018 for rosé.

In April, winemaker Andrew Wenzl’s 2017 rosé took home a gold medal from the Cascadia International Wine Competition in Richland, Wash., as well as at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in San Bernardino, Calif. It recently added a gold medal at the Oregon Wine Awards, and its history of success with that wine style reaches back well beyond this year.

Wine Press Northwest magazine’s annual Platinum Judging, a year-end competition of Pacific Northwest wines that have won a gold medal anywhere in the world during the previous 12 months, has seen an Abacela rosé claim a Platinum four times, including the past three years with a Double Platinum during the 2017 tasting. As a multiple qualifier with the latest vintage, the winery owned and founded by Earl and Hilda Jones seems poised to make it four in a row with this release from the 2017 vintage.


Memorial Weekend in the Umpqua Valley

Visit the Umpqua Valley this holiday weekend!

Celebrate Oregon Wine Month in the Umpqua Valley! Enjoy wine tasting and exploring the natural beauty of the Umpqua. Our 30+ wineries will be open and pouring wines over the holiday weekend.Make sure to pick up an Umpqua Valley Passport at your first winery. Five winery stamps gets you a free gift and then put in a drawing for 2 cases of Umpqua Valley wines!

Here is a partial listing. Please see individual winery websites for exact hours, dates and tasting fees.

Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM
$15.00 entry, $7.50 club members, free for minors, drivers and Royal members. Wine tasting, nibbles and logo glass.
Brandborg Winery
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 26-28th
Free tasting for all active duty military, veterans and their families. Also, a 10% discount on wine purchased over Memorial Day weekend.

Cooper Ridge Vineyard
Special pricing on a case of 2015 Riesling, 2015 Gruner Veltliner or 2013 Merlot.

Delfino Vineyards & Winery
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 26-28th, 11 AM to 6 PM
No entry fee. Try new releases with light appetizers. 15% holiday discount. 
Saturday:  BluesFest with The Johnson Family Band from 5:00 to 8 PM, $10 entry, social hour at 4:30. Food available for purchase by Smokey G’s BBQ.
Foon Estate Vineyard
Saturday & Sunday, 12 PM to 6 PM
$10 Wine Tasting and amuse bouche
Girardet Vineyards & Winery
Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM to 5 PM
$10, $8 members, free for drivers, minors and dogs. 20% case discounts, new releases, wine and food pairings.
Henry Estate Winery
Saturday & Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM
New releases and wine specials
Marshanne Landing Winery
Sunday, May 27th, 3 PM
Ole! A celebration of Spanish Lyric Theatre. U of O Opera Ensemble perform in costume – an afternoon of arias and operas from 1800’s to contemporary opera music.
Melrose Vineyards
Saturday, May 26th, 11 AM to 5: 30 PM
$5.00 entrance fee. $15.00 for the BBQ (served 1-3:30 PM).
16th Anniversary Party, music by “Inoke.”
Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards & Winery
Friday & Saturday, May 25 & 26th, 10 AM to 5 PM (closed Sunday)
Music by Acoustic Blend. “Special release” of 2016 Grenache paired with sliders. New release of the much anticipated 2016 Matrix.
Season Cellars
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 26-28th, Noon to 5 PM
$5 (refundable). Wine tasting with light snacks.