The historically significant winery in Roseburg in the Umpqua Valley in the US state Oregon was founded in 1961 by the wine pioneer Richard Sommer (1929-2009), making it the oldest wine company there. His mother had grown apples in Ashland, California. Sommer studied agriculture at the University of California and decided to emigrate in 1957 to do wine in Oregon. He was one of the first to use European varieties and built the first in Oregon Pinot Noir vines An uind marketed the 1967 vintage for the first time. He specialized in the Riesling, The vineyards covered 20 hectares of vineyards. In some years he sold his grapes to other winemakers and did not produce wine himself. Because of his viticulture achievements he was also called "Father of Oregon Wine".
The winery was acquired in 2003 by Jeff Dyson and Susan DeMara. Dyson was previously in the California wineries Pine Ridge Winery and Mondavi been active. It will be the red wine varieties Pinot Noir. Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc. Merlot. Tempranillo. Syrah and St. Laurent, as well as the white wine varieties Riesling. Chardonnay. Gewurztraminer and Pinot Blanc cultured. The wines are after noninvasively Basically produced without any intervention. According to Jeff Dyson, the exceptional quality of the wines can be justified as follows: "The trick for special wines is not to use tricks" .
The winemaker travels to Europe three times a year to visit friends in the wine-growing region Moselle (Germany), in Priorato (Spain), in Roussillon (France), in Sicily (Italy) and in Burgenland (Austria) to produce wines. HillCrest was founded in 2014 by the oldest winery in the world, the Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria invited to a gala wine tasting on the occasion of the 900th anniversary. Well-known wineries were among them Germany ( Johannisberg Castle ), the Switzerland. Italy ( Donnafugata ) France. Portugal ( Fonseca ) and Spain ( Marques de Riscal ). HillCrest presented the wines Syrah "San Roc" 2006, Cabernet Franc "NONIHC" 2007 and Cabernet Sauvignon "MASSIMO" 2008.
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