A Douglas County wine festival that’s one of the longest-running in Oregon has been shelved for this summer.
Organizers tell The Roseburg News Review that the future of the Umpqua Valley Wine, Art and Music festival is uncertain.
Attendance at the festival has been low for the past few years, as competing events have sprung up.
The festival was first held in 1969 in Oakland. That was when wine and grape production in the Umpqua Valley was just beginning.
But now Douglas County has 44 vineyards and wineries. Four new wineries have opened in the past 18 months.
Many of the region’s wineries already hold open houses and other events every weekend.
Putting on the festival has cost upwards of $30,000 in years past.