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Hillcrest Winery

The historically significant winery in Roseburg in the US state Oregon was founded in 1961 by the wine-growing pioneer Richard Sommer (born 1929), making it the oldest wine-growing business there. His mother had grown apples in Ashland California. Sommer studied agriculture at the University of California and decided to emigrate in 1957 and plant vines in Oregon. He was one of the first to champion European varieties, specializing in Riesling. The vineyards in the Umpaqua Valley grew over the years to 20 hectares of vineyards. The production volume has fluctuated sharply in recent years, where even summer was responsible. In some years he sold his grapes to other winemakers and did not produce any wine himself. The winery was sold in August 2003 to Dyson and Susan DeMara. Now wines are produced there from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Zinfandel. Some of the old vineyards have been cleared.

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