Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

Oregon's Oldest Estate Winery Awarded Historical Status


Date: 05/22/13

HillCrest Winery and Distillery, Birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir, to Receive Historical State Marker

ROSEBURG, Ore. – HillCrest Winery and Distillery, the birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir, is pleased to announce that earlier this month the winery was awarded historical status by Oregon Travel Experience. A state marker will be placed at the winery in the spring of 2014 to commemorate the first planting of Pinot Noir grapes in the state in 1961.

“The planting of this historic site in the Umpqua Valley near Roseburg and the release of HillCrest’s first Pinot Noir in 1967 marked the beginning of the modern fine wine industry in Oregon and the recognition and success it has and continues to bring the state,” said Tom Danowski, director of the Oregon Wine Board.

HillCrest was established by Richard Sommer, the “Father of Oregon Wine” and co-founder of the Oregon Wine Board. Sommer was the first graduate of the University of California at Davis to venture north and produce Pinot Noir in Oregon. Additionally, under his leadership, HillCrest became the first winery in America to use stainless steel tanks.

“We are deeply appreciative of the honor bestowed upon us by Oregon Travel Experience,” said Dyson DeMara, proprietor. “We look forward to the months ahead as we work with the organization to create the marker, and prepare for its debut next year.”

HillCrest produces 1400 cases of wine each year from the state’s oldest dry farmed, hillside vineyards. In addition, the winery continues to hone the cutting edge with the use of its patented concrete fermenters and use of ancestral winegrowing techniques.

Wines are available for tasting and purchase in the winery’s tasting room. For more information, visit www.hillcrestvineyard.com.
 

Subscribe to Daily news Email

FREE Wine Business Daily News delivers the industry's top stories emailed to you from our editorial team.

most popular daily news links

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  Jul 26, 2014 at 6:26PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Jul 26, 2014 at 6:26PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Jul 25, 2014 at 2:10PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Jul 25, 2014 at 9:27AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Jul 25, 2014 at 8:56AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  Jul 24, 2014 at 12:14PM PDT
- real estate  •  Jul 24, 2014 at 11:58AM PDT
- real estate  •  Jul 24, 2014 at 11:40AM PDT
- real estate  •  Jul 21, 2014 at 10:11AM PDT
- real estate  •  Jul 20, 2014 at 5:53PM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  Jul 26, 2014 at 1:35PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Jul 26, 2014 at 1:35PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Jul 25, 2014 at 3:38PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Jul 25, 2014 at 3:38PM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  yesterday at 4:53PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Jul 25, 2014 at 5:10PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Jul 24, 2014 at 2:23PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Jul 24, 2014 at 1:21PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Jul 24, 2014 at 12:16PM PDT

industry events

Aug 1
CA
Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.