Umpqua Valley Wine Tour Professional Review and Guide
"A thirty-five-mile loop through diverse agricultural lands, forests, canyons, historic roads and communities. The loop travels through a variety of terrain ranging from shallow canyons to rolling hills and flat, open farmlands. The drive passes eight vineyards while offering a pleasant countryside of small crossroads communities, a historic wagon road, and the state’s major wild animal park. Protected by the Coast Range on the west and the Cascades to the east, the Umpqua River Valley’s moderate climate sustains a variety of crops and animals. The area’s clay soil, cool morning fogs, and gentle breezes make it ideal for growing wine grapes.
Oregon’s first vinifera vineyard was established here in 1961. About fifty million years ago, the black basalt rocks in surrounding hillsides and canyons were part of the Pacific Ocean floor. Later they were covered with sediments that hardened into mud, sandstone, and topped with a rich loam. Special attractions: Wildlife Safari, eight wineries, historic buildings, and North and South Umpqua rivers. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."