Elkton Oregon

Elkton Oregon AVA map

Location: The Elkton Oregon AVA in located in Douglas County, Oregon. It is situated 33 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Cascade Range is located to the west, with the Willamette Valley AVA to the north and Rogue Valley AVA to the south. It is totally within the Umpqua Valley AVA, which in turn lies within the larger Southern Oregon AVA. Named for the town of Elkton, the AVA covers approximately 11 percent of the Umpqua Valley AVA. Elkton Oregon is the northern most and lowest elevation region in the Umpqua Valley.

Wine history: Winegrowing in Elkton dates back to the early 1970s when Ken Thomason began planting cool climate whites and Pinot noir. The first winery was established in 2000. Currently, there are four licensed wineries and 12 commercial vineyard totaling 96.5 planted acres.

Climate: The Elkton Oregon AVA is the coolest and wettest region within the larger Umpqua Valley AVA and produces different varieties and different wine styles than the rest of the larger AVA. The northern area around the town of Elkton enjoys a cool, marine-influenced climate. The Elkton Oregon AVA has a cooler, but milder and longer growing season than the rest of the Umpqua Valley AVA and receives much more rain annually, about 50 inches. Pinot noir and other cool-climate varieties thrive here.

Soils: The Elkton Oregon AVA is dominated by the coastal mountain geology, lying over a mix of sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rock units from the middle Eocene. The National Resource Conservation Service mapped more than 50 different soil series or complexes in the Elkton Oregon AVA. These soils are predominately residual clay and/or silt loam soil or small to large cobble-dominated alluvial deposits from the Yamhill and Tyee formation and the river terrace building of the meandering Umpqua River.

Topography: The Elkton Oregon AVA contains a wide range of terrain that is dissected by the broader meanders of the Umpqua River. The majority of the AVA falls below the 1,000-foot contour and includes the river bottom land (elevation 130-160 feet), river terraces (or benchlands) and foot hills near the river (elevation 130-160 feet).

Predominant varieties

  • Pinot noir
  • Pinot gris
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Baco noir
  • Riesling

While you're here...

Located near the town of Elkton in the Coast Range, a day trip to Elkton Oregon AVA will allow you to visit all of the tasting rooms in the AVA. Nature is alive and well in the Land of the Umpqua, which is named for the legendary fishing river that runs through it. The Umpqua River Scenic Byway starts in the town of Sutherlin and the drive includes beautiful views of working farms, a covered bridge, forests, lakes and the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. The byway ends in the coastal town of Reedsport on Winchester Bay in the heart of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

Umpqua Valley Wineries Association

The complex topography of the Umpqua Valley, formed by the convergence of three mountain ranges of varying ages and structure, contributes to the occurrence of varied soil types and the many sub-valleys known as the Hundred Valleys of the Umpqua. The rich diversity of landscapes and climates provide a wide range of conditions needed to produce an exciting array of grape varieties.

Southern Oregon Wineries Association

A visit to a winery in Southern Oregon can involve much more than just tasting wine. Located in beautiful valleys with stunning vistas, a family member or winemaker may be pouring wine in the tasting room, or be nearby to share stories and special wines with you. Many wines are only available at the winery or have very limited distribution, so be sure to take some wines home to share your discovery of Southern Oregon wineries with friends and family.

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