Abacela Winery is located in Roseburg, Oregon in the Umpqua Valley AVA. Owners Earl and Hilda Jones purchased the land in 1992 and planted their first vines in 1995, including Tempranillo, a variety which had not previously been planted in the Northwest. Earl, a scientist, determined that the area would be ideal for the Spanish vine and constantly explored and conducted trials to produce the best possible grapes.
In addition to Tempranillo, Abacela also produces Syrah, Malbec, Merlot, Grenache, Albariño, and Viognier, as well as a number of minor varietals. For more information, please refer to the Abacela Winery website.
This collection is a work in progress and will eventually include a video interview, photographs, and documents.
This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rachael Cristine Woody with Earl Jones of Abacela Winery. The interview took place at Abacela Winery on June 6, 2013 and covered topics including early wine industry history in the region and Earl Jones’s involvement in the industry.