Red Hill Douglas County AVA

Red Hill Douglas County AVA

About the Red Hill Douglas County AVA

This small AVA tucked into the Umpqua Valley is comprised of a single vineyard consisting of rich volcanic soil from the ancient uplifted seafloor. The result of this one-of-a-kind location is Pinot noir and Pinot gris that can intrigue and delight.

Photo by Carolyn Wells Kramer

Singular. Expressive. Pioneering.

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.

Red Hill Douglas County is a single-vineyard AVA wholly contained within the Umpqua Valley AVA. Vines sit between 800 and 1,200 feet (245-365 m) and do not benefit as much from the protection of the Coast Range, resulting in cooler growing season temperatures.

Red Hill Douglas County is dominated by iron-rich, red volcanic Jory soils, which were formed from the uplifting of ancient volcanic basalt. They are mostly deep and considered premier wine grape growing soils.

Wines from this region tend to be leaner with more structure compared to other AVAs within Southern Oregon.

Photo by Carolyn Wells Kramer

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  • Established: 2005
  • Total Area: 5,600 acres (2,200 ha)
  • Planted Area: 460 acres (185 ha)*
  • Predominant Varieties: Pinot noir, Pinot gris
  • Predominant Soils: Volcanic

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