Umpqua Valley wineries take home awards from SavorNW

March 27, 2018 GMT

The Umpqua Valley continues to earn recognition for its wines at competitions, including the SavorNW Wine Awards.

A total of 168 wineries with 686 wines from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia competed at SavorNW in February at Cannon Beach, where several Umpqua Valley wineries were awarded medals.

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards of Roseburg won 12 awards, including Best of Class for its 2016 grüner veltliner-smaragd and Double Gold for its 2016 syrah. Winery owner Stephen Reustle said he and his team were elated at the recognition.

“SavorNW has become one of the top competitions in the Pacific Northwest,” Reustle said. “It’s just been a good showing once again for the Umpqua Valley and I’m very happy about that.”

Reustle Prayer-Rock won an additional 28 awards from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Monterey Wine Competition in February, when the 2016 grüner veltliner also received the Best of Class award in both events.

Reustle said he gives thanks to God.

“Soli Deo gloria,” he said. “To God alone be the glory.”

Girardet Vineyards of Tenmile won silver medals for its 2012 cabernet sauvignon, 2015 sangiovese, 2015 chardonnay and 2016 riesling, as well as a bronze for the 2015 Touchdown Red blend. Marc Girardet said he entered five wines and won five medals, which is always a nice win.

“It has been good to see all the Umpqua wineries getting quite a few medals,” Girardet said. “I was proud to see my sangiovese won a silver medal, that’s a unique wine in the Umpqua.”

The sangiovese is a light, Italian-style wine like a Chianti.

Girardet is currently in the process of bottling two new “airplane” wines, called the Take Flight White and Fly Away Rosé, to go with his Touchdown Red blend. The airplane theme refers to the time in 2013 when Girardet’s Cessna single-engine airplane lost power north of Roseburg and he guided the plane to land in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 near milepost 131.

Owners of Season Cellars of Roseburg, Jennifer and Scott Henry, took home a gold medal for their 2016 viognier, a silver for their 2014 granache and bronze for their 2013 syrah.

Season Cellars also won gold for its 2015 viognier at the competition last year, and Scott Henry said he was excited to win two years in a row.

“We’re excited to represent the Umpqua Valley and Southern Oregon well in this fairly comprehensive Northwest wine competition,” Scott Henry said.

Jennifer Henry said the Umpqua Valley has done very well at the competition, which could attract tourists to the area.

“It’s going to be great for not just wineries but for supporting businesses with tourism in the Umpqua area,” she said. “It’s awesome the Umpqua Valley and Southern Oregon is really making a statement at these regional competitions.”

Bradley Vineyards of Elkton won silver medals for its 2015 pinot noir reserve and 2016 riesling. Tyler Bradley said these wines also won medals at the Portland Seafood & Wine Festival and the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival in February.

“The ’15 reserve pinot has been cleaning up with double golds at several festivals, and Best of Show at the Newport Seafood & Wine festival this year, and it has really put us on the map,” Bradley said. “The ’14 pinot noir got Best of Class in last year’s SavorNW Wine Awards and the riesling has been a gold medal winner for us too in other categories.”

Bradley said he’s very proud of the wines and he encourages people to come try them in the tasting room in Elkton.