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April 18, 2013 | 1:30 PM

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History was made on a chilly Wednesday morning in Elkton, Oregon as The 2012 Oregon Riesling from Brandborg Winery became the first wine to be bottled with the new Elkton AVA on its label.

Elkton earned designation as an American Viticulture Area (AVA) from the federal government earlier this year to distinguish itself as a grape growing region ideal for growing high quality Riesling and other cool climate wine grapes.

The grapes used for the historic Brandborg Riesling were sourced from Elkton grower John Bradley of Bradley Vineyards. The vines were planted in 1983, at a time when Bradley says he never dreamed Elkton would be designated as its own AVA. “But attitudes change,” said Bradley, “and all these years later, here we are. The Brandborgs have such a reputation for exceptional Riesling. It’s appropriate their wine is Elkton’s first bottling.”

Winemaker Terry Brandborg praises Bradley Vineyards as an “excellent source” of quality Riesling and he is very pleased with Elkton’s first official vintage. He describes his 2012 Oregon Riesling as a “medium dry wine with bright fresh fruit, minerality, crisp palate cleansing acidity and a long, dry finish.”  

There are 550 cases being bottled for distribution both locally and throughout the United States. “We ship to 22 markets, including Virginia/Washington D.C., New York City and Wisconsin," said Brandborg. Now, all those markets will start seeing wines labeled with the new Elkton AVA.

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John Bradley of Bradley Vineyards (L) and Terry Brandborg (R) of Brandborg Winery share a glass of Brandborg's 2012 Oregon Riesling, the first wine with the new Elkton, Oregon AVA on its label.

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