CEO of Abacela Winery shares his experience in winemaking

Climatologist Greg Jones, the CEO of Abacela Winery in Oregon’s Umpqua Valley, has been involved in the Oregon wine industry for nearly thirty years. Earl and Hilda Jones, Greg’s parents, founded Abacela in 1995. Over the years, the vineyards for the family-run winery have grown to cover 76 acres, and Abacela produces more than 12,000 cases of wine each year.  


Jones started out pursuing hydrology as a field, but was later drawn to climatology and meteorology, specializing in viticulture and wine production. In the early 1990s, Jones earned a Ph.D. in environmental sciences with a concentration in atmospheric sciences from the University of Virginia. His dissertation examined the impact of climate on viticulture and winemaking in the Bordeaux region of France. He has since become a globally renowned atmospheric scientist and wine climatologist. Among many noteworthy works are his contributions to the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. 


Greg Jones has also been an important voice in education, serving in various roles such as professor and Director of Business, Education, and the Environment at Southern Oregon University and as Director for the Center for Wine Education at Linfield University. His contributions to Hannon Library are multiple: he was consultant on the first phase of the Wine of Southern Oregon project in the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) in 2013, and he was an advocate for the Sarah Powell Wine Collection Fund started by the Rogue Valley Winegrowers Association (RVWA). Jones also served on the board of the Erath Family Foundation and was instrumental in a second grant to the library to extend the Wine of Southern Oregon collection to the Upmqua AVA.


Join us as Gregory Jones presents “Climate and Wine: Trends and Influences on Sustainable Wine Production” as part of the Friends of the Hannon Library Speaker Series.


When: April 13th, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Where: LIB 305, Third Floor (Meese Meeting Room)


For those of you that can’t make it to the event in person, use the zoom link here to watch virtually.