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.

Reustle “Best of Class” at San Francisco Chronicle

For Immediate Release
Ken McGinnis

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Grüner Veltliner “Best of Class” at San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 

This year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition bestowed “Best of Class” honors on Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Grüner Veltliner. Also showcasing well for Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards was their 2016 Riesling, 2016 Viognier, and 2014 Rojo Dulce – all winning Double Gold Medals. Reustle also took home Gold medals for the 2016 Grüner Veltliner – S, 2016 Matrix, and 2015 Pinot Noir. In addition Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards received Silver Medals for nine of their other wines.

Obviously pleased with the performance of his wines, Owner/Winemaker Stephen M. Reustle stated, “ The San Francisco Chronicle is always a tough competition and to have our wines show well there speaks highly of the Umpqua Valley.” The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest American wine competition and with nearly 7,000 entries for 35 states, it draws the top 67 wine judges and critics from across the United States.

This year Michael Dunn provided comments on “Best of Class” winners. His tasting notes for Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards 2016 Grüner Veltliner read, “By this adaptable and vital model, “gruner veltliner” could translate as “fitting for seafood as well as appropriate all on its own.” It is dry, light- to medium-bodied, spirited with peachy fruit and cleansing in its brisk acidity.”

Back home in the Umpqua Valley, Owner/Winemaker Stephen M. Reustle commented that he was encouraged by the performance from the diversity of wines he submitted. He said, “While Oregon has traditionally been known for Pinot Noir, results from competitions like this demonstrate we can produce wine of extraordinary quality across a spectrum of wines. It encourages me to see the professional wine judges award our wines high marks. It reinforces the fact that we are making really good wines in the Umpqua Valley.”

Owner/Winemaker Stephen M. Reustle
Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards, Winepress NW’s 2017 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year, 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge Top Syrah producer, 2015 Terroir Award Recipient & Riverside Int’l Wine Competition’s 2010 Small Winery of the Year, is 100% estate grown and produced from 40 acres of steep, hillside vineyards in Southern Oregon’s Umpqua Valley. Family owned and operated since 2001, Reustle – Prayer Rock Vineyards produces approximately 8,000 cases annually.