— Julia Crowley, EDN
Known as “America’s Last Great Undiscovered Wine Region,” the Umpqua Valley boasts over 20 highly acclaimed, small-production wineries that are known for their diverse range of high quality artisan wines.This spectacular wine region is just south of our famed Willamette Valley wine region, and its climate offers both cool valleys and warm valleys which allow different varieties of grapes to thrive that simply don’t do well in the cooler climate of the Willamette Valley.
These warm and cool climates of the Umpqua Valley are caused by three surrounding mountain ranges that vary in size, age and structure. These mountain ranges have created numerous sub-valleys known as The Hundred Valleys of Umpqua. These valleys not only have cool areas where Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grow well, but the warmer valleys are perfect for growing Merlot, Grenache, Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. A few of the big reds from the south that have caught my attention through the years are Reustle Prayer Rock’s Tempranillo, Misty Oaks’ Cabernet Franc and Melrose Vineyards’ Baco Noir.
With Thanksgiving Weekend just days away, I’m once again reminded of how thankful I am to be living in Eugene, Oregon. Not only am I surrounded by the beautiful and breathtaking Willamette Valley wine region, but with just a short trip south to the diverse and sublime Umpqua Valley, I’m able to be in the midst of a completely different awe-inspiring wine region that is host to many distinct, incredible, award-winning, hand-crafted wines.
Thanksgiving Weekend Umpqua Valley Winery Open Houses
Abacela: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $15 includes wine tasting, tapas and logo glass. Minors and designated drivers are free. 12500 Lookingglass Rd., Roseburg.
Anindor Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Sample the newly released 2010 Pinot Gris along with light appetizers. 1171 Vintage Dr., Elkton.
Becker Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. This small family owned winery only produces about 650 cases a year! 360 Klahowya Ln., Roseburg.
Bradley Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1000 Azalea Dr., Elkton.
Brandborg Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Light appetizers and wine tasting. 345 1st St., Elkton.
Chateau Nonchalant Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1329 Larson Rd., Roseburg.
Delfino Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Thanksgiving Weekend Wine and Music Celebration: wine tasting, appetizers, hayrides in the vineyard, holiday gift baskets, wine discounts, barrel tastings and live music. 3829 Colonial Rd., Roseburg.
Girardet: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Free admission and no tasting fees. Experience food and wine pairings, new releases and live music Fri. and Sat. 895 Reston Rd., Roseburg.
Glaser Estate Winery: Wed. Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. wide selection of wine and the deck off the tasting room overlooks the scenic North Umpqua River. 213 Independence Ln., Roseburg.
Henry Estate Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 6 pm. Free wine tasting, live music and food favors along with great wine specials. No charge, but requesting a food donation for local food bank. 687 Hubbard Creek Rd., Umpqua.
Hillcrest Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Oregon’s oldest estate winery! 240 Vineyard Ln., Roseburg.
MarshAnne Landing: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. Wines, gift ideas and light refreshments.175 Hogan Rd., Oakland.
Melrose Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. $10 admission includes logo wine glass, food and wine pairing and live music. 885 Melqua Rd., Roseburg.
Misty Oaks Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1310 Misty Oaks Ln., Oakland.
Pyrenees Vineyard and Cellar – South location: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 15322 Old Hwy., Myrtle Creek.
Reustle Prayer Rock Vineyards: Fri. Sat. 10 am – 5 pm. $10 tasting fee includes a sit down wine and cheese pairing inside their unique wine cave tasting room.
River’s Edge Winery: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 1395 River Dr., Elkton.
Sienna Ridge Estate: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 12-6 pm. Free tasting with turkey and the trimmings throughout the weekend, with live music on Sat. 1876 Long John Rd., Oakland.
Spangler Vineyards: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 491 Winery Ln., Roseburg.
Triple Oak Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11:30 am – 5 pm. Tasting room located in historic downtown Oakland.116 SE Locust St., Oakland.
Wild Rose Vineyard: Fri. Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 5 pm. 375 Porter Creek Rd., Winston.