The birthplace of Oregon Pinot Noir and the states oldest estate winery, Hillcrest Winery wines are only sold here, and the winery specializes in a style of wine that was produced a 100 years ago in Europe. All of the wines are dry farmed on hillsides and fermented in Hillcrest Winery’s patented concrete fermentors. Ageing for the reds is from 2 to 4 years making for deep rich reds without any edge. They would love to share with you what the family has learned working around the world, and why the History Channel, OPB and the movie Mondovino have helped share HillCrest Winery’s story. It is their belief that good wines taste like a grape and great wines taste like a place. To the Genie in the bottle!
Wonderful tasting of excellent "Slow Wines". A genuine experience.
Hillcrest was on our short list of wineries to visit during our stay in Roseburg. It will be our top choice if/when we return. WINES: 5.0. We did a tasting of 5 red wines. All were excellent, with several unique stand-outs. In addition to wines produced from Hillcrest Vineyard varietals, the tasting included a Catalan blend "Lo Americano" from a Hillcrest partner near Barcelona, with the blending done by the Hillcrest vintner. Also particularly enjoyed "Anonymous" -- blended to resemble a top Hungarian wine (and marked by a historically rich name), and "The Pig". SERVICE: 5.0. Wonderful conversation with one of the owners during our tasting, covering a range of subjects related (sometimes distantly) to wine. A genuine experience. AMBIANCE: 4.5. An historic Oregon winery, Hillcrest has a rustic patina with lovingly hand-tendered dry-farmed vines. Apparently one of the very few US wineries with a "Slow Wine" designation. Focus is on offering excellent wines in an ambiance resembling comfortably broken-in handmade leather shoes. Refreshingly unflashy tasting room.
Bad, Bad Wine
I visited this winery with a group of wine writers and we were given a complimentary tasting and tour. There's so much to love about the experience at this winery, but the wines were just not to my palate at all. I'm not sure if any of these wines would appeal to many people, but they do actually sell them to consumers so that means somebody enjoys them. For me, it was a no-go as far as the wines are concerned. I should've known we were in trouble when our host said that "it's the flaws that make wine interesting." I wouldn't say flaws make wine "interesting," especially here. The wines I was poured ranged from slightly undrinkable to something I wouldn't consume if I was dying of thirst. I know that sounds harsh, but it is what it is. It was unanimous among the 20 of us in the group that the rose was horrible. As a wine lover and writer, I hate to use that word, but it fits here. Hillcrest is known for their Pinot Noir, but the one I was poured was forgettable. I supposed it would be something to purchase to have in your cellar "just because," but I did not enjoy anything about this wine. The Malbec fared a bit better, with a beautiful dark, almost purple color. The nose was the best of the bunch, but the extremely high tannins made the wine far too coarse to be enjoyed. Even food wouldn't calm down this rough around the edges wine. The historic winery (the oldest estate winery in Oregon) is beautiful for photo ops, they have an adorable winery dog, and the dry farming techniques are to be applauded. All of these things make Hillcrest worth a visit, but lower your expectations for what's in the bottle. Their wine was the worst I had in the Umpqua Valley.
During my visit to Roseburg, our friend brought us to Hillcrest. We really enjoyed their Good wine selections, loved the Decor, and we got a fixed on their in house mascot🐶. Definitely, we’ll be back again soon🍷
Mini wine getaway!
What a great place to enjoy small lot and delicious wines! This is a must stop if you enjoy wine and history with knowledgeable/friendly staff.
The real deal
Very good, yet out of the ordinary wines. Non pretentious, working winery. Our hostess was very well versed in the wines and we enjoyed her expertise. Loved Le Pig.