The ceremony will take place at the Lang Center Portico on the UCC campus.
Born and raised in Umpqua, Calvin Scott Henry III (Scott) grew up working on the family farm. After graduating from Roseburg High School and Oregon State University with an engineering degree, Scott spent 13 years as an aeronautical engineer before moving back home. Knowing that the climate of the Umpqua Valley is similar to that of Burgundy, Scott decided to take a chance and plant a 12-acre vineyard in 1972, releasing his first wines in 1980.
Always striving for perfection, Scott designed a trellis system that increased fruiting via a split canopy. The system soon became popular with grape-growers and the Scott Henry Trellis System is now widely used in many of the world’s wine-growing regions such as South Africa, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and Australia. In 2012, Scott was inducted into Oregon State University’s Engineering Hall of Fame. This prestigious award honors alumni who used their engineering degrees to pioneer creative opportunities and launch a previously unimagined career trajectory.
Over the years, Scott has been an active member of the Oregon Winegrowers Association (OWA) in the Umpqua region and was one of the persons responsible for combining all the regions into one cohesive statewide organization. Scott has served as president of the Umpqua Chapter of the OWA and as chairman of the state OWA Board of Directors. He was a member of the Table Wine Research Advisory Board (TWRAB) and Oregon Wine Advisory Board (OWAB), including two years as that agency’s chairman. He has also volunteered as a board member for the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the local Red Cross chapter and Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center.
Scott was the driving force behind the establishment of the Southern Oregon Wine Institute. In 2006, Scott led the task force that developed the academic program and strategic plan for SOWI. He tirelessly promoted SOWI during its developmental years and took a leading role again in 2009 as one of the campaign chairpersons to raise funds for the construction of the Danny Lang Center. Scott summed up his persistent belief that education and the production of great wines are intertwined this way: “You cannot name a famous wine-growing region in the world that does not have a teaching facility as the core of its industry.”
Please join us in honoring Scott at the dedication of the Scott Henry Vineyard on June 3 at 3:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Lang Center Portico on the Umpqua Community College campus with a reception to follow in the Lang Center Tasting Room. RSVP to Ellen Brown with the UCC Foundation, 541-440-7874.