Located about mid-way between Portland, Oregon and San Francisco, California, Southern Oregon is an amazing vacation destination and oenophile’s delight.
In each bottle of Abacela wine, one appreciates the brilliant results of the Jones family’s 20-year adventure in winemaking, along with the potential of Southern Oregon as a winegrowing region.
Located in Southern Oregon, Cliff Creek Cellars crafts complex wines that exhibit characteristics of old-world wines with a new world twist.
In addition to their tasting room in Carlton, the Folins sell their grapes to some of Oregon’s most noteworthy wineries, while holding onto enough to make about 1,500 cases of estate wines per year.
Backed by a family history of farming that dates back to the 1880s, Henry Estate Winery has an excellent reputation for viticultural management and innovation.
Melrose Vineyards spans 250 acres along two stunning stretches of the Umpqua River in Oregon’s fertile Umpqua Valley. Known far and wide for its beauty and panoramic views, the tasting room has become a popular destination for travelers and neighbors alike.
A family legacy spanning four generations and more than 100 years provides the backbone for RoxyAnn Winery.
TASTING ROOMS OF NOTE
Cathedral Ridge Winery
Cliff Creek Cellars
The Four Graces
Le Cadeau Vineyard
Silvan Ridge Winery
Winderlea Vineyard and Winery
Recipe, A Neighborhood Kitchen
Urban Farmer Restaurant
PLACES TO STAY
Allison Inn & Spa
Ashland Springs Hotel
The Benson Hotel
Le Puy, A Wine Valley Inn
The Inn at Fifth
The newly designated Southern Oregon covers two million acres and encompasses the four smaller AVAs: Umpqua Valley, Red Hill Douglas County, Rogue Valley, and the Applegate Valley. More than 3,000 vineyard acres and 70 wineries are found in the Southern Oregon AVA.
The beautiful cities of Sutherlin, Roseburg, Grants Pass, Medford, and Ashland can be found in this region, with numerous historic inns and lodges, riverside hotels and B&Bs, long-established local diners as well as gourmet and bistro dining.
Rushing rivers, intriguing caves, one-of-a-kind towns, and some of natures most radiant gems wait to be discovered in Southern Oregon.
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It is impossible to think of Oregon wine without thinking of Oregon Pinot Noir. The state’s incredibly diverse growing regions— from the warmer climates and plentiful soil types found in the southern part of the state, to the cooler climates and unique soils found to the north—have it all.
Barrel selection is a crucial step in the winemaking process. The type of oak, its toast level, and its age will have an impact on the flavor and structure of the wine, and there are no ironclad formulas to rely on.
Through the past 50 years, Oregon has evolved into a world-class wine growing state with nearly 500 wineries producing wines from 72 different grape varieties.
Can't wait to visit Oregon? Open a bottle of Oregon wine. Depending on the vintage, you’ll taste the diversity of Oregon terroir in its flavors—ranging from a delicate apple blossom to leathery licorice root. To enhance your tasting experience, pair your next sip with food.
Blessed with one of the most diverse climates in the world, Oregon is a fascinating place to grow wine.
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Just 40 years ago, there were only five wineries in the whole of Oregon. Today, the bountiful state boasts more than 400. Large or small, they tend to be approachable family-owned operations, with inspiring stories to tell. Here are some of our favorites.
Travel alongside Touring & Tasting editor through Oregon's wine country and discover the best places to tour, taste, and stay.
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Taste your way through Applegate Valley.
Applegate Valley is a sub-appellation of the larger Rogue Valley AVA in Southern Oregon. It stretches 50 miles north from the California border to the Rogue River just west of Grants Pass. Stop and taste at some of the 23 wineries who call this valley home.
Our trail starts at Woohlridge Vineyards, where varietal wines, under the Wooldridge Creek label, express true varietal and vineyard character. Sit and sip inside the tasting room by a hearty fire or picnic at the outdoor patio and try and catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife that rambles through their property. Next stop is Troon Vineyards, where they are dedicated to "Good Times & Fine Wines." The muti-building complex is reminiscent of a French villa, and known for their signature Zinfandel, Tannat, Vermentino and unique blends. The next stop is Schmidt Family Vineyards for some Northwest elegance. Schmidt wines are predominantly estate grown with an eye towards quality rather than quantity. This trail ends at Bridgeview Vineyards and Winery where you can visit the winery, sit on the deck, and watch the sun set behind the mountains with a glass of wine in hand. You even have the option of staying overnight at Bridgeview’s B&B, the Kerbyville Inn.
All 18 wineries in the Applegate participate in this fun, self-guided tour. You pick your starting location from the list, but you’re free to visit any number of the 18 wineries on the Trail.
For more information please visit: applegatewinetrail.com