Abacela

Abacela

About

Here, on sunny south sloping rocky hills, we passionately grow Tempranillo, Albariño, Syrah, Merlot, Dolcetto, Malbec, Grenache, and other varietals carefully matched to our unique microclimate. Our ultimate objective is to produce wines that are a statement of the harmony between the grape variety and its terroir. We appreciate your visit to Abacela, but want to encourage you to tour our vineyards and winery and taste our wines to fully appreciate our passion.

Location Description

Abacela is located in the warmer southern part of the Umpqua Valley.

Features

  • 2013 Oregon Winery of the Year.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 27

Winemaker

Andrew Wenzl graduated from Eastern Oregon University in 2000 with a BS in Biology and Chemistry and planned to become a veterinarian. But after an internship at a veterinary clinic during which he discovered that he was allergic to cats it was time to reevaluate his career goals.

While hiking the 2,000 mile Pacific Crest Trial and mulling life’s options he came to the conclusion that the wine business had elements he was attracted to. Andrew had always appreciated wine; claiming that his bad eyesight was “compensated by my good sense of smell and taste”.

When the 6 month hike was complete he celebrated with a bottle of wine. Two days later he started work at King Estate Winery in Eugene OR, his home town. His enology job experience there and later in 2002 at Silvan Ridge-Hinman Vineyards was inspirational. The biology and chemistry education he received was invaluable in this science based endeavor.

Andrew’s energetic personality found time to enjoy more than just these job opportunities. Since 2000, he had been producing his own hobby wine. With his home winery in his garage, the passion for all parts of the wine making process grew.

In 2003, Andrew was hired at Abacela as Cellar Master. Earl’s own science background appealed to Andrew while Andrew’s love of experimentation was admirable in Earl’s eyes. “It was a really good match” Andrew said. That year Andrew was able to participate in the 2003 harvest. From picking, to crush, to bottling, he was eagerly involved in each process.

After 2 years as Cellar Master, Andrew was promoted to Assistant Winemaker. He quickly began to participate in winemaking decisions and was able to follow the fruit from the field through fermentation and elevage to maturation in the bottle. He also began to pour wine at Abacela events, distribute product in the Roseburg area and conduct an occasional wine maker’s dinner. “I derive real pleasure from seeing people enjoy the wines I have helped create,” he said.

Now three years later, Andrew has been promoted to Winemaker. The 2008 vintage marked his first crush under this title. “This harvest was a great way to prove myself and my winemaking abilities.”

Andrew resides in Roseburg with his wife Amber and beautiful daughter Alli. He continues to make wine in his garage and aspires to someday own his own vineyard and winery.

History

1960s – Earl enjoyed affordable red wines from Spain with his favorite foods
1970s – Learned that Rioja and Ribera Del Duero wines were made from Tempranillo
1980s – Discovered that varietal Tempranillo wine was not produced in USA
1989 – Committed to challenge of producing fine Tempranillo in the USA and began searching for the ideal terroir.
1991 – French Paradox on “60 Minutes” points out health benefits of red wine.
1991 – Located a climate in Southern Oregon similar to the Spanish climate associated with production of quality varietal Tempranillo wine.
1992 – Purchased an early 19th century homestead in the Umpqua Valley.
1993 – Ordered Tempranillo clonal material from UC Davis’s & nurseries.
1994 – Moved to Oregon, built the winery and prepared the land for planting.
1995 – Planted Tempranillo and other vines rarely or never before planted in the Pacific Northwest in Fault Line Vineyard.
1997 – Made the first commercial varietal Tempranillo wine in the Pacific Northwest.
1998 – Abacela’s 98’ Estate Tempranillo wins a double Gold metal and bests all nineteen Spanish Tempranillo entries in the 2000 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

Practices & Techniques

The estate fruit is hand picked when optimally ripe and gently fermented and processed in a gravity flow winery to preserve quality. The crisp, fresh varietal character of our white wine is a product of our vineyard practices and minimal handling wine making philosophy. Application of these same principals to red wine production, with additional prolonged cellaring in small oak casks, further enhances flavor and stabilizes the wines. Consequently our red wines are big and deeply-colored with intense aromas and flavors that have ample structure and tannin for aging. The final products are balanced wines with distinctive varietal character that pair exceptionally well with an assortment of delicious foods

Awards

Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines of 2018
Abacela's 2015 Fiesta Tempranillo on the Top 100 Wine of 2018 list by Wine Enthusiast!

10 Top Wines To Serve To Your Next Dinner Guests
Abacela's 2017 Albarino listed in Forbes.com's 10 Top Wines!

Wine Enthusiast
Does Southern Oregon Need (or Want) a Signature Grape? by Paul Gregutt
“Currently, the best option for Southern Oregon is Tempranillo. In Spain—especially the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions—Tempranillo produces exceptional, expressive wines. Yet, unlike the Rhône grapes that have proliferated in the western U.S., Tempranillo remains almost invisible as a varietal wine.”

Oregon Wine Press
Cellar Selects; "Blanc? Check!"
2016 Albariño, A cornucopia of fruit. Peach dominates the aroma followed by pear and jasmine. A slight, pleasantly perfumed bitterness leads to lime, dragon fruit, nectarine, tangerine and apricot flavors, ending with a fleshier, fruitier finish.

Wine Business Monthly
Varietal Focus: Tempranillo
Earl and Hilda Jones.... "They planted their first grapes in Southern Oregon in 1995; and after 22 years, they are one of the foremost producers of Tempranillo in the New World."

The Changeup: Goodness Graciano
A trip to Spain with a sip from Southern Oregon, By Michael Alberty Oregon Wine Press
A decade ago, when traveling to Spain to explore as many wine regions as possible, I toured from the desert sands in Jumilla to the lush green hillsides of Galicia. Consequently, I developed quite a passion for Spanish wine and food culture, which is why my curiosity was piqued when I learned a winery in Oregon was making wine with Graciano, one of the rarest red winegrapes in Spain. It was no surprise to discover the winery was Abacela, where founder Earl Jones and his head winemaker, Andrew Wenzl, craft some of the finest examples of Tempranillo and Albariño in the New World. I couldn't drive to Roseburg fast enough.

SIP Northwest Magazine; Just Desserts, Sweet Wines of the Pacific Northwest
Strength in Numbers: Fortified Bottlings
Abacela Winery in Southern Oregon's Umpqua Valley produces two dessert wines in this traditional style with Portuguese grapes. Earl Jones, owner of Abacela, says the sloping hillside microclimates of his valley are quite similar to that of western Portugal's main dessert wine region, the Douro Valley, where Port is produced. For that reason, he grows classic Portuguese varieties like Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Bastardo, Tinta Cão and Touriga Naçional; five of the over 30 varieties allowed in Port production. - Sipping Sweets 2013 Estate Port, This beautiful wine is inky dark in the glass with aromas of black cherry, dark plum, brambleberry, dates, savory spices and dark chocolate.

Great Northwest Wine Review
Outstanding!, Vintner's Blend #16
"The robust Spanish grape Tempranillo is the historic headliner at storied Abacela in Southern Oregon, and so it understandably makes up essentially half of this Mediterranean-style blend that calls upon 11 varieties. Syrah is the next grape up (21%) for winemaker Andrew Wenzl, who used it to create remarkable balance while toning down the tannins. There’s still ample grip, yet there’s an abundance of fruitiness to match. The nose features hints of black currant, cherry and lingonberry with touches of caramel corn and oregano. Inside, blackberry jam and bittersweet chocolate flavors are joined by tannins reminiscent of espresso grounds, which are led out by a raspberry cream finish." 3/14/2017

Wine Enthusiast Reviews
91 points, 2014 Fiesta Tempranillo
"Fiesta is the lightest, most fruit forward of the four different Tempranillos from Abacela. In a great year such as this, it's also substantial and authoritative, with deeply driven flavors of red and blueberry fruit, a whiff of oak and slightly grainy tannins. This wine clearly over-delivers for the price."

90 points, 2014 Barrel Select Graciano
"Rare in Oregon (or anywhere this side of the Atlantic), this Graciano pushes a mix of pomegranate, cranberry and raspberry fruit front and center. It dips in the midpalate, then re-gathers with a mix of tea, coffee grounds and dark chocolate wrapping up the finish. Put this ringer into your next tasting of Spanish wines and you'll stump everyone."

90 points & Editors' Choice, Vintner's Blend #16
"Roughly half estate-grown Tempranillo, this smooth and deeply-fruited red includes small amounts of 10 other grapes. For all that it's complete, complex and composed, with pomegranate jam, loganberries, polished tannins and prolonged power. Drink now through 2020."

All reviews Paul Gregutt, April 2017 Issue

Abacela in Portrait Magazine "Top 12 NW Tempranillos"

Oregon Business Magazine names Abacela in "100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon"
December 2016

Promise fulfilled at the First Oregon Tempranillo Conference
By Randy Caparoso, The Tasting Panel, June 2016

Abacela Featured in the Wine Spectator
Syrah Stars in Southern Oregon, By Harvey Steiman | June 15, 2016

Back to Oregon for some outstanding wines
By John McDonald | May 16, 2016 Cape Gazette

Great Northwest Wine Review
Outstanding!, 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo, Great Northwest Wine: "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 skin, then unearthing Abacela estate's minerality and grippy tannins. It’s a huge mouthful – “Yuuuge, I tell you” – that calls out for a rare ribeye amply dusted with cracked black pepper. This earned a double gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition."

Abacela, Bunnell stand out at Pacific Rim International Wine Competition
Best of Class & Gold Medal 2015 Grenache Rosé: SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Abacela in Southern Oregon and Bunnell Family Cellar in Washington's Yakima Valley each were awarded three gold medals Thursday at the 31st annual Pacific Rim International Wine Competition in Southern California. Eight wines from the Pacific Northwest captured best of class honors at the two-day fundraiser for the National Orange Show. One of those BOC awards went to Abacela winemaker Andrew Wenzl for the latest vintage of his perennially popular Estate Grenache Rosé made from the Fault Line Vineyards of Earl and Hilda Jones. Two other wines from the 2015 vintage – Albariño and Muscat – also went gold.

Great whites from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
Gold 2015 Muscat: Annually, Abacela crafts one of the most beautiful and graceful Muscats in the Pacific Northwest. This new vintage is no exception, thanks to aromas of rosewater, lavender and clove. On the palate, it offers flavors of lychee, pink grapefruit and Golden Delicious apple. Its 3% residual sugar and gentle acidity make this a delicious and approachable sipper.

Gold medal reds from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
Double Gold 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo: 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 skin, then unearthing Abacela estate’s minerality and grippy tannins. It’s a huge mouthful – “Yuuuge, I tell you” – that calls out for a rare ribeye amply dusted with cracked black pepper.

Top wines from 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition
Best Dessert/Gold 2015 Blanco Dulce: 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.

Abacela awarded People's Choice at Greatest of the Grape Wine Gala
Best Wine 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec and Best Wine & Food Pairing with K-Bar Steakhouse.

Abacela earns four 90+ point reviews from Wine Enthusiast
93 Points & Cellar Selection, 2012 Northwest Block Reserve Malbec; 92 Points & Editors’ Choice, 2012 Barrel Select Syrah; 91 Points & Editors’ Choice, 2013 Barrel Select Malbec; 90 Points, 2013 Barrel Select Tinta Amarela; WineMag.com. April 2016 Issue

Get to Know a New Side of Tempranillo
Tempranillo Bottles to Try. By Rachel Singer, Eater.com. February 2016

Terroirist.com: American Tempranillo
92 points, 2012 Abacela Tempranillo Barrel Select Estate. Read the full article on Terroirist.com. February 2016

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. By Victor Panichkul, Statesmen Journal. February 2016

Southern Oregon wines' gaining clout could bring onslaught of tourists
The winsome wines of Southern Oregon are gathering acclaim far beyond the Cascades and Siskiyous. Read the full Mail Tribune article. January 2016

Southern Oregon named 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations
Abacela is mentioned as a must-see winery in Roseburg. Read the full Wine Enthusiast article. January 2016

Northwest Tempranillo continues to shine
Abacela's 2013 Fiesta Tempranillo and 2012 Barrel Select Tempranillo highlighted by Great Northwest Wine. January 3, 2016

Abacela makes Top 100 Wines of 2015 list
Our 2012 Fiesta Tempranillo made Great Northwest Wine's "Top 100 Wines" of 2015 list!
140 year old vines discovered at Abacela
Abacela discovers 140-year-old Mission grape planting on estate. Read the full article at www.greatnorthwestwine.com and listen to the podcast. November 26, 2015

Abacela Releases #UmpquaStrong Wine to support the UCC Relief Fund.
Abacela proudly presented Ellen Brown, of the Umpqua Community College Foundation, with a check for more than $18,000. The money was raised by the spontaneous generosity of our bottle, glass, cork, label and capsule suppliers and the Abacela staff and owners for the bottling of ‪#‎UmpquaStrong‬. 100% of the proceeds of this bottling went to the ‪#‎UCCReliefFund‬ (Umpqua Community College). The wine sold out in less than 48 hours, but you can still donate at Greater Douglas United Way. See the check presentation at www.facebook.com/abacelawinery. Read the Great Northwest Wine article at www.abacela.blogspot.com.

Statesman Journal; Oregon wines for Christmas dinner
Abacela's 2012 Barrel Select Syrah was chosen by the Statesman Journal as a top wine to have with your Christmas roast.

Portland Monthly; Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25
Abacela's 2014 Albariño was chosen by Portland Monthly Magazine as one of Oregon's 25 Best Wines Under $25. September 21, 2015

8 Excellent Oregon Varieties That Aren't Pinot Noir
Northwest Spain and Portugal's native grape, Albariño, in Oregon results in a fruitier wine than a typical Rías Baixas version. The best examples also show appealing minerality and crisp, ultra fresh flavors of celery, jícama, cucumber and a dash of daikon radish. Abacela, the Umpqua winery that pioneered Tempranillo in Oregon, has perfect Albariño, keeping alcohol levels low and acidity high.

2015 American Winery of the Year Nomination
Abacela is one of five wineries nominated by the Wine Enthusiast for their Wine Star Awards "2015 American Winery of the Year".

Northwest Wines: A few 2014 Northwest rosés to tuck in your fridge
Our 2014 Grenache Rosé is featured in The Bellingham Herald.

1859 Magazine
The Beauty of the Blend; Oregon's red blends come together to produce a tapestry of flavors that will improve your dining experience. Our Vintner's Blend #14 is highlighted.

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.

Greatest of the Grape
Our 2012 Malbec wins a Gold Medal from the professional judging and runner-up Best Wine & Food Pairing.

NWwines.com
Wine of the Week for February 7, 2015, 2011 Dolcetto

Oregon Wine Press
"Value Pick" February 2015, 2011 Dolcetto and 2011 Malbec

Chicago Tribune
2013 Albariño featured in the article Offbeat grapes making their way in American vineyards

The New York Times
Umpqua Valley: Only Hours From Napa, but a World Away

Statesman Journal
Wine: Try rosés from Oregon: 2013 Grenache Rosé

Sip Northwest Magazine
"Daily Sip" by Erin James 2013 Albariño

SFGate.com
2013 Grenache Rosé is a "Heavy Hitter" by Jon Bonné.

Oregon Wine Press
"Value Pick" July 2014,2013 Grenache Rosé

Oregon Wine Press
"Value Pick" June 2014, 2013 Viognier

Great Northwest Wine
#14 of "Top 100 Wines", 2012 Albariño

James Melendez, JamesTheWineGuy.com
Top 100 Wines of 2013, 2009 Estate Tempranillo

The Passionate Foodie
"2013: Top Wines Over $50", 2005 Paramour

Examiner.com
"Southern Oregon Wine of the Week" 2012 Albariño

SFGate.com
"Top 100 Wines of 2013" 2012 Albariño

The Seattle Times
"Top 50 Regional Wines" 2012 Albariño

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May through October: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm November through April: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day Early Closing: August 17, 2019 at 3pm for Wine Member Fiesta

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12500 Lookingglass Rd
Roseburg, Oregon 97471
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