Grape growing in the Umpqua Valley dates back to the 1880’s, distinguishing this region as one of the oldest to produce wine in Oregon. Located just south of the Willamette Valley, the appellation, with 600 acres of wine grapes extends west from the Cascades through and around the city of Roseburg, towards the Pacific Ocean.
The valley is not a simple open basin, but an interconnected series of many small hillsides and river drainages known as the "hundred valleys of the Umpqua." The region is dryer and warmer than the Willamette Valley, as well as host to more varied soils, and has a greater exaggeration of temperature from night to day. This makes it possible to grow a wide selection of grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Riesling are only a few of the wines which can be found at the wineries of the region.