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HillCrest Winery and Distillery

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First Pinot!

According to the literature, this winery is the first to have Pinot Noir in Oregon. They certainly... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
LATaz
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Lake Charles, LA
Best winery experience ever

I brought my wife and in-laws here about 10 minutes before closing. We thought, "They're not going... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2018
Patrick B
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Oregon's oldest estate winery and the birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir. In 2014 HillCrest was recognized by the state of Oregon and in Vienna, Austria for its global contributions to the world of fine wine. In 2003 the DeMara family, with over 36...more
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240 Vineyard Ln, Roseburg, OR 97471-9097
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

According to the literature, this winery is the first to have Pinot Noir in Oregon. They certainly know what they are doing. We bought more wine than we could drink and had to re-pack our luggage, but it was worth it. We loved the 2015...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2018

Greetings LATaz and thank you for your kind review. We have had a long time and worked around the world to bring back the best varieties and growing practices. Our motto is that the trick is there are no tricks. All hillside vineyards, dry farmed...More

Reviewed August 22, 2018

I brought my wife and in-laws here about 10 minutes before closing. We thought, "They're not going to be happy with us, but hopefully we can have a quick taste." Susan, the owner with her husband Dyson, cheerfully greeted us and spent almost an hour...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Thank you Patrick for visiting our family's winery and sharing your experience. We love sharing our unique story and wines that are inspired by a time gone by. Our "truth" of making wines using the best of old world techniques was developed working in the...More

Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

We had been excited to visit this winery because the friends we were traveling with had personal history with the winery when it opened decades ago. The owner sneered at us and rolled her eyes when we mentioned our connection to the winery. We were...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2018

Our family has worked hard at providing a gracious and educational tasting that according to Trip Advisor is the #1 tasting room experience in the Umpqua Valley. On your visit you were greeted by Jenifer, who has helped our family in the tasting room for...More

Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Stopped here and sampled 9 wines. Full bodied and the pourer was wonderful. We were there when a couple from Roseburg were also there so had a lively conversation in addition to the wine. Great place to visit.More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2018

Thank you for you kind review Linda. We work hard at not only producing dry farmed old world styled wines, but to share them in a casual and interesting way. After decades of being in the wine business here in Oregon we honor the best...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

very knowledgeable owner making GREAT wine...beautiful location...casual atmosphere...make it one of your stops, when in the area...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Thank you Mike W for sharing your experience here. Our family works hard at offering the most educational tasting experience in the Umpqua Valley. For those that want to know how our growing conditions compare to many of the great wine regions of the world...More

Reviewed June 5, 2018 via mobile

I'm a native to the area so I have visited most of the wineries in this region.If you are looking for a down to earth wine tasting experience I cannot recommend Hillcrest enough.The cozy tasting room is beautiful and rustic. Not only is every single...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2018

Thank you for your kind and generous review jlboyce. As you stated our specialty is making wines the way they were 200 years ago in Europe with low yielding all dry farmed vineyards and fermentation in our patented concrete fermenters followed by ageing in European...More

Reviewed April 29, 2018

This winery was started by Richard Sommers over 50 years ago. The booming Oregon wine industry owes its success to Richard who demonstrated that great wine can be grown in Oregon and for recruiting vintners to plant vineyards here. Those uppity Willamette Valley wineries think...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Thank you Dale for taking the time to share your experience and especially to recognize Richards role in kicking off the modern Oregon wine industry. We are so proud to be able to travel in his footsteps and share the world class growing conditions of...More

Reviewed February 6, 2018

If you're visiting the area or bringing visitors to go tasting in the Umpqua Valley, you NEED to go to Hillcrest Winery! And this is why... Hillcrest is seriously amazing. The owners, Dyson and Susan, are extremely knowledgeable about what they do. Wine isn't just...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2018

Fist of all thank you for your kind words Evie. You are the 100 person to review us on Trip Advisor and thank you for taking the time to share your visits here. As I write you we are here in the Mosel Valley of...More

Reviewed December 21, 2017

Having lived here 50+ years and visiting this winery is wonderful, they have kept a tradition of fine wines for many years and had many people involved in the process.Quality comes from caring about your product and hillcrest delivers!More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2017

Thank you David for taking the time to share your experience. We work hard to not only produce classic old world styled wines, but to share them in a low key, educational and fun way. Looking forward to your next visit. To the Genie in...More

Reviewed November 13, 2017

My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting Hillcrest for the second time this last weekend. We were absolutely thrilled with our visit - the property is incredible (and Dyson and Susan let our dog have the run of the estate), the wine was...More

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oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2017

Thank you Thomas for taking the time to share you experience at our family's winery. We love what we do and try to share our experience here as well as those we have had making wine in other parts of the world. Susan and I...More

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