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Abacela picked as a top Oregon wine for Christmas dinner in Statesman Journal

2012 Barrel Select Syrah: An aroma of sweet dried cherries laced with mushrooms and earth give way to deep flavors of raspberries and a hint of freshly ground pepper. Good acidity and silky tannins make this pair well with hearty rich foods like a rich beef stew, roast and even game such as lamb. 

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140 year old vines discovered at Abacela!

Abacela discovers 140-year-old Mission grape plantingBy Eric Degerman on November 26, 2015

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Earl Jones moved to Southern Oregon from the Gulf Coast to begin planting Tempranillo in 1995, but he didn’t know century-old Listán Prieto grapes — a variety within the Mission family also native to Spain — already were growing at Abacela Ranch.

“We had this idea from when we were planting back 20 years ago that we were planting the first commercial wine grapes — we planted 4 acres in 1995 — and we thought that was probably the first Spanish grapes that had hit the soil,” Jones told Great Northwest Wine.

“Au contraire!” he continued. “Hidden in a blackberry thicket about a half mile from our original planting was a Spanish grape that probably came here in the 1500s — not to Oregon but the Western Hemisphere.”

Ironically, although Tempranillo translates to “the early one” in Spanish as a reference to its ability to ripen before many other grape varieties, it turns out the Cox fam…

Abacela fans develop taste for Tannant

Most of Abacela’s production is focused on grapes native to the Iberian Peninsula, which includes Albariño, Grenache, Malbec and Syrah. Jones and winemaker Andrew Wenzl recently released a couple of barrels of Graciano as well as small lots of Tinta Amarela and Touriga Naçional, but it’s the notoriously tannic Tannat grape that is the latest to really charm his Llaneros wine club.

“We’re going to try to expand production of some very popular items that we don’t have enough acreage planted, and one of those is Tannat,” Jones said. “The response has been overwhelming. We release it and it’s sold out just immediately. We try to squirrel a few cases back for the library as we do with everything here at Abacela because we want to see how they age in the bottle.”

The first commercial vintage of Tannat is 2008, and production stood at 68 cases from the 2012 crush. The grape’s burly character drove the development of micro-oxygenation, an expensive mechanized winemaking process that injects tin…

Abacela embraces #UmpquaStrong effort

No one in the Umpqua Valley community will forget Oct. 1, when an Umpqua Community College student murdered his instructor and eight classmates and wounded nine others.

“Our community will show signs of the impact of what happened on Oct. 1 for a long time,” Jones said after a long pause. “It’s just a tragedy that something like that should happen anywhere, but in a peaceful rural farming community and timber community like Roseburg? Our official population is listed around 22,000, but there are probably 50,000 living in the area around, and we are all impacted. It’s a painful wound.”

The Joneses and their winemaking intern from Spain, Asier Calvo Arroyo, were on the UCC campus that morning.

“We left about 30 minutes before the shooting began,” Jones said. “We found out about it within just a few minutes, and we were getting phone calls within a few minutes of that from reporters in New York wanting to know what I thought about it. Within 24 hours, Asier, whose home is nine hours east…

Abacela's 2014 Grenache Rosé wins Double Gold!

Great whites from 3rd Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition

Byon October 14, 2015
OOD RIVER, Ore. – During last week’s third annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, the 20 judges tasted through hundreds of white, pink and sparkling wines, awarding several with gold medals. A gold medal was awarded when three of the four judges on each panel voted for gold. In the rare instances that all four judges voted gold, then the wine was awarded a unanimous double gold. After the wines were judged, then longtime Northwest wine writer and journalist Ken Robertson tasted and wrote reviews of the award-winning wines. Ken also writes a column for Wine Press Northwest magazine. Here are the white wines that won double gold and gold medals during the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition, held at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. See the complete results of the competition.Read the reviews of the best-of-class wines from the competition.Read the reviews of…

2014 Albarino - Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25

Portland Monthly Magazine chooses Abacela's 2014 Albariñoas one of their  Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25!
WEEKNIGHT WINES Oregon’s 25 Best Wines Under $25 Budget-friendly vino doesn’t have to sacrifice flavor or local cred—especially in Oregon. Our panel of local wine pros blind-tasted more than 300 bottles to find the state’s best wallet-friendly labels.

Read Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25 here.

Abacela Nominated for American Winery of the Year!

Abacela is very honored to be nominated for Wine Enthusiast's Wine Star Awards -2015 American Winery of the Year!!!

"When husband-and-wife team Earl & Hilda Jones planted Oregon’s first commercial Tempranillo 20 years ago, it was arguably the most important viticultural innovation since Pinot Noir was introduced 30 years earlier. Tempranillo has since become the signature grape for many Southern Oregon wineries, but Abacela continues to lead the way with Albariño, Dolcetto, Grenache and several Portuguese varieties."

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Cruise the Western Caribbean with Abacela!

Indulge in a wine lover's paradise. Sail with the Oregon wine industry's Lifetime Achievement Award winners Earl and Hilda Jones.

Sail on the Celebrity Equinox from Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 4, 2016 for a 12 day and 11 night adventure tasting wine with the American pioneers of Tempranillo and 2013 Oregon Winery of the Year. Treat yourself to this exclusive and once in a lifetime vacation. Book today!

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The very essence of luxury, this is Celebrity Equinox. Shimmering in sophistication from bow to stern, she will exceed your expectations as soon as you step aboard. Delight in your choice of ten exceptional dining venues; relax in spacious and well-appointed accommodations; or let the grass between your toes take you out to sea at the unprecedented Lawn Club. With every imaginable comfort, along with Celebrity's unrivaled guest ser…

Northwest Wines: A few 2014 Northwest rosés to tuck in your fridge

BY Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue

Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

One of our simple rules of wine enjoyment: Hot weather calls for chilled rosés.

For the past three months, we’ve seen a number of 2014 rosés being released throughout the Pacific Northwest, and they are proving to be a harbinger of what is to come when we begin seeing 2014 reds a year from now.

With school out and temperatures rising, the next couple of months are perfect for enjoying a delicious and dry rosé from the Pacific Northwest. Keep two or three bottles in your fridge at all times just to be ready for an impromptu meal on the back deck.

Dry rosés are all the rage in the Northwest right now, and most are priced at $20 or less. They tend to pair beautifully with a wide range of cuisines, from seafood to spicy Asian dishes to grilled chicken to egg salad sandwiches.

Here are a few dry rosés we’ve tasted in the past couple of months that are well worth seeking at your favorite wine merchant or directly from the wi…

The Jonese earn Lifetime Achievement Award

Earl and Hilda Jones were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Oregon Wine Board at this year's Oregon Wine Symposium. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates people whose work has been pioneering and spans not only a personal lifetime but the lifetime of the Oregon wine industry. Earl and Hilda Jones have had a profound impact on the course of Oregon wine, in part by being the first to grow and vinify Tempranillo in the Northwest and also for being important international ambassadors for Oregon wine.

For more than 20 years, Earl and Hilda have pursued a singular passion to produce fine wine from a grape variety that was little-known in North America before they brought it to acclaim. As ardent admirers of the great Spanish Tempranillo grape, they spent years researching climate data to find a place in North America that approximated the climate of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain, to which Tempranillo is native. They found their place in the Umpqua Valley…

Abacela releases our 2014 spring line up of wines!

Check out the newly redesigned silk-screened labels celebrating  1995-2015; 20 Years of Grape Growing.
Albarino 2014 Grenache Rose 2014 Muscat 2014 Viognier 2014

Blackbird Bistro Winemaker Dinner


Steamboat Inn Winemaker Dinner


1859 Magazine; The Beauty of the Blend, Vintner's Blend #14


Valentine's Day Dinner at Abacela's Vine & Wine Center

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