Double Golds- 2015 Oregon Wine Awards

Deer Creek Vineyards is honored to be recognized at the 2015 Oregon Wine Awards. Our 2013 Pinot Noir and 2013 Chardonnays score each won Double Gold while our 2014 Pinot Gris took Silver!

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Best in Class-Gold 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition

PinotGris-2014Another great win for Deer Creek Vineyards! Against a record number of entries – 1,204 wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho at the third annual Great Northwest Wine Competition, in a blind taste test by category, Deer Creek Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay took home a Silver while our 2014 Pinot Gris took Gold – Best of Class!

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Wine Ratings-Wine Enthusiast

Deer Creek Vineyards is getting great reviews on Wine Enthusiast wine ratings buying guide. Our 2014 Pinot Gris is rated a “Best Buy” and our 2013 25th Anniversary Pinot Noir is rated “Editor’s Choice”! We couldn’t be more pleased!

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Deer Creek Vineyards featured in Medford Mail Tribune

Deer Creek Vineyard is proud to be a member of the Southern Oregon Rogue Valley community and we are honored to be recognized by the local press.

We’d like to thank the Medford Mail Tribune and writer Roberta Kent for the lovely article about what we are doing here at Deer Creek Vineyards. In case you missed it, here’s a link to story:

Gold in Deer Creek Valley »

2011 Chardonnay and 2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir win big at the 2013 Oregon Wine Awards!


Deer Creek Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay won a double gold medal and it was the only double gold awarded at the 2013 Oregon Wine Awards.


Our Private Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 won a gold medal. We are so proud! Our pinot is the only Southern Oregon pinot noir ever to win a gold medal from this prestigious competition!

Oregon’s most prestigious wine competition, the Oregon Wine Awards, is the largest and most comprehensive independent Oregon wine recognition program, which include some of the most iconic wine brands for pinot noir in the world.

For more info, please see Oregon Wine Awards »

The Story Behind Bella’s Sunshine White Blend

Bella gardening

Bella gardening

Bella’s Sunshine was created in honor of Miss Bella, our granddaughter.

Bella comes out to the vineyard often. We spend a considerable amount of time being outside, gardening, walking and hiking throughout the vineyard with her.  As most four year olds typically do, she asks a lot of questions. “Why” has to be one of her favorite words! Ok, maybe after the word “No”!!

So one day, when we were in the vineyards, exploring, and tasting the grapes on the vines, Bella was asking a barrage of questions.  Questions like, “what makes grapes grow, Nana?” “Well, lots of things, like the sun, water”… “But why, Nana?” “Why are the grapes green, Nana?” You get the idea…

Bella and Papa on the tractor

Bella and Papa on the tractor

To keep her from asking so many questions, primarily “why”,  I told Bella that if she sings to the grapes that it’s magic…and that it helps the grapes grow even more!

Well, it worked!! Bella started singing, you are my sunshine”, one of her favorites, to the vines!

And that is the story behind Bella’s Sunshine White Blend.

Bella still loves to sing songs regularly, kid’s songs and catchy tunes from the radio.  Last summer she was stuck on the country song, “red solo cup” for awhile.  No, we don’t have plans on naming a wine, “red solo cup” in the foreseeable future!

Bella’s Sunshine is a white table blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.  It has a slightly sweet and lovely flavor to it yet not overly sweet like a dessert wine. The wine is a great summer sipper and super popular throughout the summer here at our tasting room and for our concert series.

Deer Creek V Wins Two Medals from the 2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition!

The Finger Lakes International Win Competition is one of the larger wine competitions in the U.S.  The competition this year had over 3500 entries from all 50 states and 20 countries.  The judges were comprised of many judges from around the world, experts in their fields. Our 2011 Bella’s Sunshine won its first medal (bronze) and our 2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir won a silver medal.  It was the only Pinot Noir from Oregon that received a medal. Another interesting data point was the of the Pinot Noir’s that did win a medal, most were from California.  Most of the Pinot Noir’s that come from Oregon are of the traditional Burgundy style, lighter than those produced in Northern Oregon. I see a trend here, moving away from the heavily oaked “cab-pinots” Yay!

Deer Creek Vineyards Wins Again at S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition-2013

Our 2011 Private Reserve Chardonnay has won its first, a silver medal !! We were pleased to find out that our 2011 Private Reserve Pinot Noir also won its first medal, bronze at this years competition.

Deer Creek Vineyards of Southern Oregon Wins Four Medals at the 2012 American Wine Society Wine Competition!

2011 Chardonnay-Winner at the 2012 NextGen Wine Competition

What a pleasant surprise to our new season with our 2011 Chardonnay winning at the 2012 NextGen Wine Competition!

2012 NextGen Wine Competition link

2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition-Deer Creek V wines 3 more medals!

We are pleased to announce that three of our wines,  2010 Pinot Noir, 2010 Chardonnay, and our 2009 Merlot have all won Silver medals from the  Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  This will be the first international competition that we have participated in.  This competition had wines submitted from all 50 states as well as from 22 other countries. So far all of the wines we have produced to date have won national and international awards, Yay!

2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition link

Deer Creek Vineyards Wins Two Medals from 2012 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition!

So we were thrilled to find out that our wines won TWO medals from the recent 2012 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition.  This Competition is THE largest Wine Competition in the world for U.S. wines. This year they had a record breaking number of entries, 5500 ! It was the first time that we have entered a national competition.  We won a silver medal for 2010 Pinot Gris and a bronze medal for our Pinot Noir.  For Southern Oregon wines, this competition was a good indicator that we as vintners are doing something right.  From my count, of the Oregon wines that won about 80% from from Southern Oregon.  We definitely have one of the best regions in the world for growing some amazing grapes to make our premium handcrafted artisan wines and some great wine makers too.  

S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition Link

Wine Reviews-Oregon Wine Geeks

Please click on the links to see the reviews for the 2010 wines from the Oregon Wine Geeks!

2010 Pinot gris

2010 Chardonnay

2010 Pinot noir

2009 Merlot




Organic and Biodynamic Vineyards Have Greater Diversity Of Yeast

This article has some good information about WHY Organic and Bio-Dynamic Vineyards Have Greater Diversity Of Yeast and how that is beneficial to producing better wines. There is also a link to the study conducted with technical data, abstract, conclusions etc..
Organic and Biodynamic Vineyards Have Greater Diversity Of Yeast | Organic Wine Journal

Great Article about Natural Wines

Why We Should Love Natural Wines


Press Coverage

recent articles on Deer Creek Vineyards;

Illinois Valley News Jan. 11 2012

Illinois Valley News April 4 2012