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HillCrest Winery and Distillery

240 Vineyard Ln, Roseburg, OR 97471-9097
+1 541-673-3709
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Quality reds

The birth place of Pinot Noir- the owner also creates quality varietals. We enjoyed a flight- the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
T C
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Anchorage
via mobile
The oldest in Oregon!

Pinot Noir has made Oregon wines famous. This is where it started in the early 1960s. Current... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Duck1949
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Eugene, Oregon
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Oregon's oldest estate winery and the birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir. In 2014 HillCrest was recognized by the state of Oregon and in Vienna, Austria for its global contributions to the world of fine wine. In 2003 the DeMara family, with over 36 years of winemaking and grape growing around the world, took over from the Father of Oregon wine and HillCrest founder Richard Sommer. Today they specialize in classic European varieties from France, Spain and Germany crafted using the very best of old world techniques. These include the use of patented concrete fermentors for reds, extended ageing of 2-7 years and dry farming. The DeMaras invite you to taste in their tasting room which is opened every day of the year minus the big 4 holidays. There is usually a selection of 8-9 wines that are available for tasting with many more wines for sale from the wineries library. These wines are only sold here at the winery.
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good13%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“pinot noir” (10 reviews)
“old world” (4 reviews)
“wine taste” (3 reviews)
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240 Vineyard Ln, Roseburg, OR 97471-9097
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+1 541-673-3709
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The birth place of Pinot Noir- the owner also creates quality varietals. We enjoyed a flight- the owner likes the reverse approach to tastings as the reds build to light whites. I still prefer the other way as the whites are too sweet after the...More

Thank T C
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you TC for taking the time to share your experience. Our family works hard to produce dry farmed, old world styled reds and whites. Were looking forward to releasing our dry whites later this summer and sorry we were sold out when you visited....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pinot Noir has made Oregon wines famous. This is where it started in the early 1960s. Current owners are very nice, friendly, with plelnty of knowledge to share about wines. An easy drive from Roseburg.More

Thank Duck1949
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other TA explorers. My wife and I work hard to not only produce wines made using old world techniques and values, but to share them in a low key, friendly and educational manner. Thank...More

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We were pretty disappointed by the red wines in Roseburg. We enjoyed a lot of rose and white wines, but didn't care for many of their reds. Hillcrest was the only vineyard where we enjoyed the red wines. They were actually flavorful and we'll balanced....More

Thank Dianah R
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Thank you Dianah for taking the time to share your experience with our family's winery. We grow and make our wines using the very best of old world techniques like dry farming hillside sites and using our patented concrete fermenters for all our reds. "The...More

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Okay first, I know I'm not the only one that would be creeped out a little by the Game of Thrones heads, right? I only knocked it down a point because there's no bathroom, you have to use a port-a-potty, and we were told "it's...More

Thank boymom86
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Thank you for your visit and taking the time to share your experience. We apologize for that the rest room was closed (we are remodeling) and will have that corrected soon. On the day of your visit we were sold out of our dry whites...More

Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

This the second time we have been to this winery. It is one of the oldest winery's in Oregon. Lots of history here. Dyson and Susan are great hosts and their wines are amazing. They have a large variety of unusual as well as local...More

Thank Mike L
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 1 April 2017

Thank you Mike for your kind words and support. We work hard at producing old world styled wines that speak to a different time and place. It is our belief that good wines taste like a grape and great wines taste like a place. Thank...More

Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Fascinating place, great wine, very knowledgeable staff. Often the winemaker and owner, Dyson deMarra, is pouring. What a unique wine experience. Not to be missed.More

Thank Kathryn C
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2017

Thank you Kathryn for taking the time to review our family's winery. We work hard at making limited production artisan wines, but equally at sharing them in a personal and educational way. My wife and I try to replicate the experiences we enjoyed when we...More

Reviewed 14 February 2017

I first visited Hillcrest 3 yrs ago while on vacation from Omaha. Since then, I've been back multiple times, purchased multiple cases of wine, and even wrote about the winemaker in my most recent book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics...More

Thank Sassysaguargo
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

Greetings and thank you for your very kind words Eric. We feel so fortunate to have found our calling in the world of fine wine. As I have told many others, it sometimes feels like winehas chosen me instead of the other way around. The...More

Reviewed 31 January 2017

I am a previous visitor and a wine club member. The wine is great and the DeMaras love and knowledge of wine making is apparent in each sip you take. The tasting room is quaint and comfortable. I enjoy the wine club as the shipment...More

Thank tatlang72
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for your kind words. Our family loves what it does and we try to share this passion for the subject in our tasting room in a personal and informative way. We also thank you...More

Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We had a most pleasant surprise when visiting. Caught the owner knee deep in a grape wagon. Very nice and informative tasting room hostess. She also recommended very nice greek restaurant in town. Joining the Wine Club has turned out to be a good decision.More

Thank Lois C
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

Lois thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our winery and its wines. When we moved from Napa, to take over HillCrest Vineyard, many years ago we wanted to be as hands on as possible and to share what is our...More

Reviewed 12 January 2017

Hillcrest Winery has been at the top of our list in Oregon since we first tasted their wines more than 20 years ago. Susan and Dyson are knowledgable, informative, and produce a spectrum of exceptional wines. We joined their wine club because we have never...More

Thank toniskelton
oenothene64, Owner at HillCrest Winery and Distillery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2017

Thank you Toni for sharing your thoughts and kind words. We love what we do and try to do our best to offer not only wines that taste good, but that are unique and reflect our nature and palettes. In today's world of industrial wine...More

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