Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir (HM25P4)

Location: Roseburg, OR 97471 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 16.353', W 123° 30.034'

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Richard Sommer & HillCrest Vineyard

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┬á— 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.

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.
HM NumberHM25P4
Series This marker is part of the series
Placed ByOregon Travel Experience
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Date Added Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 459380 N 4791203
Decimal Degrees43.27255000, -123.50056667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 16.353', W 123° 30.034'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 16' 21.18" N, 123° 30' 2.0399999999999" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-228 Vineyard Ln, Roseburg OR 97471, US
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