The historically significant winery in Roseburg in the Umpqua Valley in the US state Oregon was founded in 1961 by the wine-growing pioneer Richard Sommer (1929-2009), 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 grow wine in Oregon. He was one of the first to rely on European varieties, built the first in Oregon Pinot noir vines an uind marketed for the first time the vintage 1967. 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 any wine himself. Because of his viticultural 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 wines 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 going after noninvasively Principle produced as possible without interference. According to Jeff Dyson, the exceptional quality of the wines can be explained as follows: "The trick for special wines is not to use tricks."
The winegrower travels three times a year to Europe, to befriended winemakers of the growing area Moselle (Germany), im Priorato (Spain), im Roussillon (France), in Sicily (Italy) and in the Burgenland (Austria) to produce wines. HillCrest was founded in 2014 by the oldest winery in the world, the Stift Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria invited to a gala wine tasting on the occasion of the 900th anniversary. Among others, renowned wineries were out Germany ( Castle Johannisberg ), the Switzerland. Italy ( Donnafugata ) France. Portugal ( Fonseca ) and Spain ( Marqués de Riscal ). From HillCrest the wines Syrah "San Roc" 2006, Cabernet Franc "NONIHC" 2007 and Cabernet Sauvignon "MASSIMO" 2008 were presented.
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