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Abacela wins big at Platinum Judging

The 17th annual Wine Press Northwest Platinum Judging results are in!

530 entries were judged over October 26th to 28th at the Clover Island Inn, which overlooks the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash.

Double Platinum2015 Grenache Rosé
Earl Jones and his crew at Abacela in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley just keep cranking out winner after winner. This is simply a great rosé with enticing floral notes, precise, lively red-toned fruit that sports a jaunty red licorice note and puts tons of flavor in the mouth. Its lingering finish closes with a great balance of acid. Try it with a festive meal that includes turkey, ham or pork as a refreshing change from the hefty reds that usually dominate holiday meals. 

Platinum2015 Muscat
Known best for its muscular reds and lean, clean Albariño, Abacela shows its versatility with this sweet, appealing wine made from Early Muscat (75%) and Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. Harvested at only 22.5 Brix, it displays honeysuckle, lively acidity, nice spice notes, tro…

Abacela in Portrait of Portland Magazine

"Top 12 Northwest Rosés"2015 Grenache Rosé"The country's pioneer with Spanish varieties Tempranillo and Albariño also produces stellar results year after year using Grenache for its rosé. This year, its accolades include best of class at two California judgings: the Pacific Rim International and the prestigious San Francisco International. Serve with tapas."

It's Octoburrrrr... Time for Albarino and Shellfish!

What's your favorite shellfish to pair with Abacela Albariño

Abalony, Barnacles, Clams, Cockles, Crab, Crayfish, Geoduck, Langoustines, Lobster, Mussels, Prawns, Razor Clams, Scallops, Sea Urchin, Shrimp or Oysters?

We're ready for months with "R". R U?
Get ready as cases of Albariño ship free all October...  mix or match, any style or vintage.

Albariño wins big at Sunset Wine Competition!

Our 2015 Albariño receives a Best in Class distinction for its unanimous Gold Medal placement from the 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition.

Abacela 2015 Albariño
(Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon, $21) This Oregon take on the white wine of Spain’s Rías Baixas region is a home run, with vibrant white peach, pear, and citrus fruit and complex hints of mineral, chamomile, and white pepper. See it in the October 2016 issue of Sunset Magazine:

Abacela earns top honors at Oregon Wine Competition

The 2016 Oregon Wine Competition was held in Jacksonville, Oregon in conjunction with the Oregon Wine Experience Wine Festival. 
Double Gold Medal
2015 Albarino

Gold Medal
2013 Garnacha

Gold Medal
2015 Blanco Dulce

Silver Medal
2012 Reserve Tempranillo

See more about the competition at the Oregon Wine Experience website.

Chris Lake becomes the Winegrower at Abacela

ROSEBURG, OR. - July 18, 2016; Abacela Winery is pleased to announce that Chris Lake, a native of California, will become the manager of Abacela’s Fault Line Vineyards in July of 2016. Chris obtained a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science at Fresno State University in 1993 and has over 20 years experience in the wine industry.  

Abacela and its Fault Line Vineyards are celebrating their 21st year in the industry and are best known as pioneers of Tempranillo and Albariño in America. Abacela has also introduced several other site-climate matched grape varieties to the region and in 2013 was recognized as the “Oregon Winery of the Year” by Wine Press Northwest magazine. In 2015 the Oregon Wine Board presented Earl and Hilda with the Industry’s "Lifetime Achievement Award." 

Chris will bring to Abacela’s production team valuable experience from California, Arkansas and Oklahoma. He comes to Abacela directly from Umpqua Community College where he headed up the Southern Oregon Wine …

Oregon Tempranillo Alliance featured in the Tasting Panel Magazine

Promise fulfilled at the First Oregon Tempranillo Conference by Randy Caparoso The Tasting Panel, June 2016
"Who would argue against the fact that Tempranillo has a place among the pantheon of the world's greatest wine grapes...?"

"...Earl and Hilda Jones still remain at the head of the class... impeccably crafted wines-phenomenal by any standard, even Spain's."

Another "Best of Class" medal for our 2015 Grenache Rosé!

Since its introduction in 1980, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging.

The largest and most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC) has been setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980. Now in its 36th year, the SFIWC maintains the highest level of integrity with a blind-tasting system performed by a highly experienced panel of internationally acclaimed wine experts.

A SFIWC medal has been established as a reliable indication of wine excellence, and wines recognized as medal-worthy by our judges are universally understood to be among the very best.

The 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition was held on June 9th to 12th.

"Best Rosé"
Double Gold Medal
2015 Grenache Rosé

Gold Medal 2013 Barrel Select Syrah

Check out these wines and many more award winning wines on our website at

Albariño places Best of Class at Sunset Wine Competition!

Our 2015 Albariño just placed first in its category at the 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition

Awarded a Gold Medal and the distinguished "Best of Class" designation, the 2015 vintage bested seven other Albariños in its category.

Winemaker Notes:

"Albariño is a delicate Spanish white grape that grows well in our estate vineyards. It produces an assertive, dry wine characterized by beautiful floral aromas and fruity flavors that finishes with refreshing acidity."

Other recent awards include:

Pacific Rim Wine Competition
"Best of Class", 2015 Grenache Rosé
Gold Medal, 2015 Albariño
Gold Medal, 2015 Muscat

Oregon Wine Awards
Gold Medal, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo

Abacela featured in the Wine Spectator!

"Abacela, the leading light of Umpqua Valley"
Wine Spectator, June 15, 2016

Southern Oregon grapes and wines play a supporting role in dozens of budget-priced bottlings carrying the statewide Oregon designation. But in the hands of talented growers and winemakers, grapes from distinct appellations such as Rogue Valley can make standout wines on their own. Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman explains:
ABACELA 2014 Albariño Umpqua Valley, 89 points Vivid, lively and appealing, with lemony apple and grapefruit flavors, tripping lightly over refined acidity and finishing with presence.
ABACELA 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo Umpqua Valley, 88 points Gritty tannins present a challenge in this firm version, but the dark berry and coffee flavors emerge, lingering on the smoky finish.

Flowering in the indicator vine!

Flowering in the indicator vines means we will have generally flowering throughout the vineyards within 10-12 days. Vintage 2016 is off to a great start!

New Tempranillo Ratings from the Wine Enthusiast

Abacela earns two 90+ point ratings in the June 2016 issue of the Wine Enthusiast!

-  91 Points, 2013 South East Block Reserve Tempranillo
Moving up the ladder among Abacela's Tempranillo bottlings, this is packed with juicy, ripe black fruits. There are scent and flavor accents of tanned leather and savory herbs, and the wine is built for staying power. If there is a quibble to be made, it's that the tannins have a rather chalky residual flavor.

-  90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tempranillo
Estate grown and aged in 31% new barrels, this offers dense purple fruits, scents of violets and mocha, and a smoky thread that carries into the finish. There are strong flavors of cedar box and graphite, and the tannins are chewy and substantial.

All reviews by Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast (c). Read on

Kudos for our 2015 Grenache Rosé!

April 26, 2016 By Jade Helm DWS CS CSW 

Not sure why people are afraid of rosé wine.  I guess pink is scary?  This style gets a bad rep from the overly sweetened, mass produced, Koolaid colored wines that flood the market, and probably flooded most of our “sophisticated” parties in our younger years.  It doesn’t have to be like that. Rosé wine can be elegant, alluring, feisty and dry.   All we are saying is give pink a chance.

To get you started we organized the first, and we hope annual, Rosé Wine Bowl of Rose Street.  This gathering of wine tasting professionals and enthusiastic consumers met to bring you blind tasting notes for a few Oregon Rosé Wines.  Tasted in two blind settings: 1. Critics circle with written notes  2. Party atmosphere with casual discussion. Oregon winemakers, take note.  At least in our small experiment consumers weren’t turned on by a passing whisp of aroma.  Don’t go too far in the opposite direction t…

2016 Cascadia Wine Competition Results are in!

Abacela takes home top honors at this year's Cascadia Wine Competition. (Formally know as the Great NW Wine Competition.)

2015 Blanco Dulce - Best of Class & Gold Medal
Southern Oregon winemaker Andrew Wenzl crafted a beauty of a dessert wine here, using estate Albariño that hung on the vines and accumulated sweetness well past its normal harvest time. Aromas of honey-glazed apricot and intense Christmas spices lead to flavors of candied orange peel, poached peach and vanilla ice cream. It is a stunning dessert wine.

2013 Tempranillo Fiesta - Double Gold Medal
The Northwest Tempranillo master has proved his expertise once again. Earl Jones’ Abacela estate grapes from 2013, put into the capable hands of winemaker Andrew Wenzl, were used in this fruit-forward wine aptly called Fiesta. And you’ll want to start a celebration of your own after sampling it. Its nose opens with mint, spicy oak and nimble cherries. In the mouth, the cherries are dark, dipping down toward dark Marionberry …

Eugene Magazine; Celebrating Oregon's AVAs

Abacela's 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo was chosen to represent the Umpqua Valley AVA (American viticultural area) in the Eugene Magazine's "Celebrating Oregon's AVAs" article, Spring 2016 issue. 
In the early 1960s, the late Richard Sommer planted vinifera grapes in the rain shadow of the Callahan Ridge, reviving Oregon wine in that area. 
Since then, the Umpqua Valley and its many sub-valleys have boomed with fine wines. Earl and Hilda Jones, experimental scientists, traveled through Spain's Rioja region and encountered great tempranillo reds. They came back to the U.S., moved to Roseburg, and planted vines on the steep slopes of one of Oregon's most beautiful vineyards. 
Abacela 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo is truly superb, rich and deep, ready for pairing with spring lamb or beef hot form the grill. It has gained well-deserved recognition internationally as a rival of the great reds from Rioja.

Wine Enthusiast Ratings are in!

Abacela earns four 90+ point ratings and three Editors' Choice in the April 2016 issue of the Wine Enthusiast!

-    93 points & Cellar Selection, 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec The winery notes that this is their 16th vintage of Malbec, but just the first reserve bottling. Intense aromatics introduce a wine saturated with black fruits, coffee liqueur, soy and tobacco. It offers exceptional depth and power. Drink now through 2025. -    92 points & Editors' Choice, 2012 Barrel Select Syrah This terrific wine is classically varietal, with beautifully defined flavors of cured meats, tobacco, coffee, lavender and peppercorn, all in service to ripe purple fruits. Impeccably balanced, it conveys finesse.
-    91 points & Editors' Choice, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec This outstanding Malbec dazzles with scents of tobacco and chocolate, flavors of sour cherry and plum, and impressive concentration and persistence. The flavors gather strength and focus, adding details of…

Abacela awarded the Greatest of the Grape

Abacela won both of the People's Choice awards for at the 46th annual Greatest of the Grape Wine Gala in Canyonville, OR on March 5th. 

The Greatest of the Grape:
2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec

The Best Wine & Food Pairing: 
Sous Vide K-Bar Beef Tenderloin with Pomegranate Molasses Demi-Glacé, K-Bar Steakhouse at Seven Feathers Casino.

Read the full winners list.

Get to Know a New Side of Tempranillo

Discover fresher, lighter, New World styles of this popular red wine.
By Rachel Singer,

Tempranillo is Spain's second most planted grape, after the the lesser-known airén, and it is the country’s signature varietal wine—one that’s a crowd-pleaser, yet also age-worthy and collectable. According to Australian economics professor Kym Anderson, global Tempranillo plantings have boomed, increasing almost fivefold between 1990 and 2010, bringing tempranillo from the world’s 24th most planted grape to the fourth.

Enthusiasts across the globe have grown particularly fond of Spain’s Rioja region, where winemakers rest tempranillo in new American oak, which lends structure and longevity to the wines, as well as a softness characterized by vanilla notes. In Rioja, red wines labeled Crianza and Reserva are required, by law, to have spent at least one year in oak; Gran Reserva signifies two years in oak. If a wine is aged only in stainless steel, it's labeled Joven.

Thanks to oak-agin…

A little bit of Spain taking root in Oregon

Lovers of the Spanish wine varietal called Tempranillo can take heart that this grape is taking root in the soils of Oregon.
In Southern Oregon, there’s a touch of Iberia.
Skeptical? What does Oregon have in common with the Iberian Peninsula (the geographic region of Europe home to Spain and Portugal)?
More than you might think, as I learned a couple of weekends ago at the 2016 Oregon Tempranillo Celebration down in Ashland.
There are about 57 wineries in Oregon now making Tempranillo, and there are about 400 acres of Tempranillo vineyards planted in Oregon, according to Greg Jones, a professor at the Southern Oregon University. Tempranillo is now the eighth largest varietal harvest in Oregon, with 839 tones of fruit harvested in 2014, according to statistics from the Oregon Wine Board.
According to Jones, Tempranillo is grown in about 80 percent of Spain, much of it in the Rioja region in northern Spain but also in the Ribera del Duero, just a little to the south of Rioja.
It turns …

Southern Oregon wines' gaining clout could bring onslaught of tourists

By Greg StilesMail Tribune Posted Jan. 31, 2016 at 12:01 AM 
The winsome wines of Southern Oregon are gathering acclaim far beyond the Cascades and Siskiyous. An industry once summed up by a collection of one-offs in Ashland, Cave Junction, Roseburg and Ruch during the 1970s now boasts 121 wineries and 226 vineyards on 5,886 planted acres in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas counties. The fruit of the region's vines has drawn accolades from the Atlantic to Pacific, capturing the hearts of wine columnists and judges. Reports in the New York Times, Sunset magazine and Wine Enthusiast, plus an avalanche of medals in this month's San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, are creating reasonable expectations the coming travel season will attract more and new wine tourists.
"This is really an important moment in our transition from a region that's unexplored and undiscovered to the recognition we've received from the national press, and awards coming in," said Micha…

Abacela makes Top 100 Wine of 2015 list!

Our 2012 Fiesta Tempranillo made Great Northwest Wine's "Top 100 Wines" of 2015 list! Only three wines from the Umpqua Valley made this year's list.

Rating: Outstanding!
"Earl and Hilda Jones, honored earlier this year by the Oregon wine industry for their contributions, are also helping to make Tempranillo more approachable with this new, entry-level tier. This doesn’t offer the barrel aging and refinement of their others, but it’s easy to embrace with its dark black cherry, black licorice and milk chocolate tones. There’s a fair amount of grip to the fine-grained tannins, so crack the cap and serve this on the patio with grilled fare or paired with plate of Manchego cheese and chorizo."
See full results here.