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“Pino noir”

HillCrest Winery and Distillery
Ranked #2 of 41 things to do in Roseburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 years of winemaking and grape growing around the world, took over from the Father of Oregon wine and HillCrest founder Richard Sommer. Today they specialize in classic European varieties from France, Spain and Germany crafted using the very best of old world techniques. These include the use of patented concrete fermentors for reds, extended ageing of 2-7 years and dry farming. The DeMaras invite you to taste in their tasting room which is opened every day of the year minus the big 4 holidays. There is usually a selection of 8-9 wines that are available for tasting with many more wines for sale from the wineries library. These wines are only sold here at the winery.
Reviewed August 29, 2013

A nice point of origin for the Oregon wine industry. The setting near the base of Callahan ridge, in foothills that an easterner might call mountains, is typical of other small wineries in Douglas county. The wine is excellent and the presentation and education in the rustic tasting room has been consistently enlightening in several visits. Although I have other favorites in Douglas county, a visit here is a must.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

The First winery in Oregon, so a very historic winery. Dyson DeMara, the owner is a very knowledgable wine lover and has great passion for wine and happy to educate anyone interested on wines. The wines are very nice, and as mother nature intends each year leads to different styles, if you want a homogenized wine that is the same year in and year out buy one from the corporations that own most of California.

Love the Rogue valley and the drives to the wineries. Take the time to explore Hillcrest and other wineries in the region. You will be happy you did.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have visited many of the wineries in our local area since we moved here. This is one of our favorites. It is a small family run vineyard, with a winemaker who seems to get the best from grapes grown in the vineyards. We find the wines have character and are always enjoyable to taste, and have with dinner. They dry farm, in the European style, the vines are grown naturally but are not poorly cared for. Like the estate wineries in Europe, their production is small, but they produce some of he best wines that we have tasted in the region.

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Dyson D, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2016

Greetings and thank you for your kind review. We work hard to make wines of quality and destinction and without the consumer that would not be possible. Thank you once again for your support of our family's way of life. Cheers

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is the oldest winery in the area. There are some very nice wines. It costs $5 per person to taste but you can taste everything on the list and "revisit" the list if you want. When you walk in, it smells like a winery should. The room is large and the server was very fun to talk with. There are no cheeses or crackers like at the other wineries in the area. The cost per bottle is average to expensive. but they take $5 off a bottle if you buy one. Worth the drive to find this place.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Hillcrest Winery has an incredible winemaker Dyson DeMara, who shares his passion and knowledge about wine in a very entertaining and educational manner. Dyson consistently makes the most amazing wines. We have been visiting the Hillcrest Winery for many years and always enjoy experience and the wines. Dyson's dry farmed vineyard produces grapes of amazing complexity. He uses old world techniques in making these masterpiece wines.
If you have time to visit only one winery, make it Hillcrest.
It is a great place to take family & friends.

2  Thank eden475
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