Red Hill Douglas County

Red Hill Douglas County AVA Map

Location: Red Hill Douglas County is a sub-appellation of the Umpqua Valley AVA near the small town of Yoncalla, which lies about 30 miles north of Roseburg and parallels Interstate 5. 

Wine history: The Applegate and Scott families, pioneers of Southern Oregon, settled at the foot of Red Hill in the mid-1800s. Jesse Applegate planted Douglas County's first established vineyard in Yoncalla in 1876. Red Hill Douglas County appellation was approved in 2005.

Climate: Red Hill Douglas County has a relatively mild climate, with daytime averages of 75 degrees F during growing season (as opposed to regions farther south that can experience highs of 105 degrees F). The marine influence reaching this area also provides a wetter climate than the surrounding Umpqua Valley area. Thanks to its higher elevation, the area generally enjoys a frost-free growing season.

Soils: Red Hill Douglas County is dominated by iron-rich, red volcanic Jory soils, which were formed from ancient volcanic basalt and consist of silt, clay and loam soils. They are mostly deep, well-drained to the 15-foot depth, and considered premier wine grape growing soils.

Topography: Elevation in this area ranges from the 800-foot contour line to 1,200 feet, the maximum elevation for quality grape production in the Red Hill Douglas County region. Geologically, Red Hill is part of the Umpqua Formation, which is composed of basalts similar to the volcanic rocks on the Pacific Ocean floor. It has many rising domes that give it an undulating appearance.

Predominant varieties

  • Pinot noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Riesling

While you're here...

Red Hill Douglas County is completely within the boundaries of the larger Umpqua Valley AVA. Collectively, this area enjoys a rich history. The Applegate Trail passed through this area in 1846 as a way for pioneers to reach the western valleys of the Oregon Territory. There are a half-dozen beautifully kept covered bridges, historic homes, museums, pioneer cemeteries and antiques shops mixed in with charming cafés and restaurants serving Oregon wine. Nature is alive and well in the Land of the Umpqua, which is named for the legendary fishing river that runs through it. On the banks of the North Umpqua River in the Umpqua National Forest sits the historic Steamboat Inn. It's a revered, magical place with a fly-fishing tradition that dates back to 1957. Its evening dinner, which is always served at dusk to give fishermen ample time on the river, pairs fine meals featuring the freshest of local ingredients with Oregon wines. Crater Lake National Park, and its outdoor recreation and adventure opportunities, is just a two and a half hour drive from Umpqua Valley. The beautiful Diamond Lake is even closer.

Below are some links to help you plan your trip to Red Hill Douglas County: 

Southern Oregon Winerys 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.

Southern Oregon Visitors Associaion

With a unique climate and experienced winemakers, Southern Oregon is the fastest growing wine region in Oregon. Come discover award-winning wines from More than 60 wineries.  

Travel Oregon - Southern Oregon Page

Southern Oregon offers some of the state's most refined and rugged adventures. On the one hand there's the Tony-Award winning Shakespeare Festival in Ashland and the visits to the nearby vineyards, chocolatiers, and cheese makers, and of course the fine restaurants that serve the fruits of their labor.

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Regional Associations Nearby

Applegate Valley

Southern Oregon Wineries Association

Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association

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