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Roseburg in Douglas County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Pinot Noir

Richard Sommer & HillCrest Vineyard

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 27, 2017
1. Pinot Noir Marker
Captions: (top right) Sommer was widely known for his spirit of generosity and collaboration, sharing with and encouraging other early Oregon winemakers as the came north from California.; (center left) Richard Sommer's plan map of HillCrest Vineyard, December 9 1962.; (background) Early HillCrest vines thrive in the Umpqua Valley.; (five circles at the bottom, L to R) Years of awards are displayed in the tasting room where Sommer stands. Vines are inspected by Sommer in May 1967. Sommer stands in front of the HillCrest tasting room. Sommer draw wine, 1969. A bottle of Riesling held next to Riesling vines, 1967.
Inscription.  Oregon’s successful and widely recognized wine industry can be traced to this place, where Richard Sommer first planted Pinot noir grapes in 1961. The Umpqua and Willamette valleys’ climates and topographies are much like those of European wine regions, but most winemakers of the 1960s believed it was impossible to grow fine wines in Oregon. Sommer, however, recognized the significance of sharing latitude with European winemaking regions, including Burgundy, and took a chance with his HillCrest Vineyard — Oregon’s first winery to plant and bottle Pinot noir for commercial sale.

International Awards
Sommer’s gamble paid off, and Oregon’s Pinot noir wines have been internationally recognized since the late 1970s, when a vintage ’75 bottle from Eyrie Vineyards won first place at a competition in Paris.

Agricultural Lands
The emerging wine industry also benefitted from Oregon’s political and social climate. The state passed groundbreaking land-use legislation in 1973, mandating that all cities and counties create comprehensive plans that protect agricultural land from development.

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By Barry Swackhamer, September 27, 2017
2. Pinot Noir Marker
Dedication to Research
Richard Sommer co-founded the Oregon Winegrowers Association in 1965. The association became the Oregon Wine Board and continues in its work to support the industry through marketing, research, and education initiatives. In the late 1970s, winegrowers imposed on themselves strict labeling restrictions and assessed a self-tax that supported important research efforts.
 
Erected by Oregon Travel Experience.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Oregon Beaver Boards series list.
 
Location. 43° 16.353′ N, 123° 30.034′ W. Marker is in Roseburg, Oregon, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of Vineyard Lane and Elgarose Road, on the left when traveling south on Vineyard Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 240 Vineyard Lane, Roseburg OR 97471, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Medal of Honor Recipients Moon Tree (approx. 7.4 miles away); Welcome to Southern Oregon (approx. 8.8 miles away); 'The Blast' Site (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Mill-Pine Historic Neighborhood District (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Hebe Fountain
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(approx. 9 miles away); Douglas County Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.1 miles away); Courthouse Elm (approx. 9.1 miles away); Applegate Trail - Oakland (approx. 14.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roseburg.
 
Also see . . .  Pinot noir - Wikipedia. Pinot noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler climates, and the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. Pinot noir is used to make the Italian wine Franciacorta. Other regions that have gained a reputation for pinot noir include: the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Carneros, Central Coast and Russian River AVAs (American Viticultural Area) of California, the Elgin and Walker Bay wine regions of South Africa, South Australia, Adelaide Hills, Tasmania and Yarra Valley in Australia and the Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough wine regions of New Zealand. Pinot Noir is the primary varietal used in sparkling wine production in Champagne and other wine regions. (Submitted on February 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 27, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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