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The Southern Oregon regional history of wine-making dates back to 1852, when settler Peter Britt established a winery in Jacksonville. Though there was further expansion and some degree of growth into the 20th century, most wineries were forced to shut down during the Prohibition.
 
The first Post-Prohibition success in the region was due to the efforts of University of California at Davis oenologist Richard Sommer. Despite UC Davis reports that Oregon would be unsuitable for quality viticulture from a temperature perspective, he saw the potential in the terroir and had inklings that certain varietals would take to the climate with proper care. So in 1961, he established Hillcrest Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, growing Chardonnay, Gewürtraminer and Pinot Noir. His successes inspired other vintners to follow and by the 1970s, the region was dotted with wineries. Southern Oregon was awarded AVA status in 2004.
 
Southern Oregon is the warmest and driest region in Oregon, Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

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  • Brandborg Vineyard & Winery

    cool climate pinot noir and aromatic whites

  • John Michael Champagne Cellars

    Located in the Applegate Valley wine country. A boutique winery producing limited, award winning,...

  • Zenas Wines

    In 1856, Zenas Howard followed the rugged Oregon Trail west to settle in Oregon’s Rogue Valley. F...

  • Red Lily Vineyards

    Red Lily Vineyards is committed to a single goal—producing the finest tempranillo wine possible. ...

  • Agate Ridge Vineyard

    Agate Ridge is a family owned estate vineyard in beautiful Southern Oregon. As our vision contin...

  • Marsh Anne Landing

    Greg and Fran Cramer came from Maryland to found MarshAnne Landing in the Umpqua Valley. Greg wor...

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  • Broc Cellars Gamay Umpqua Valley 2012

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    Own rooted The problem child of the year, stuck ferment, bit of va Licorice, herb stem, and earthy aromas wrap around a bit of funk on this high toned nose which shows significant VA. Off dry, this is rather fruity and simple with firm little tannins that contribute to a slightly dusty feel in the mouth. Short on the finish with some floral no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dobbes Family Estate Syrah Rogue Valley Fortmiller Vineyard 2010

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Rogue Valley Oregon Amelia Rose Cuvee 2011

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Dobbes Family Estate Grenache Blanc 2012

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  • Rainstorm Pinot Noir 2011

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    Not the most approachable of pinots I've had, but this cherry- and starwberry- forward pinot will win you over. Read More

    Wine review by matthewjk


  • Hi Ed,As an Oregon Native and wine-enthusiast (in training), you could not have picked a better state to traverse for Pinot Noir.  Any suggestions I could give you would solely be based on my bias of the small number of wineries that I have visited.  But here goes my 2 cents . . .Oregon is broken up into several AVAs . . . in Southern Oregon you... Read More

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  • Abacela Albarino 2012

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    13.2%Clear, pale golden color with medium viscosity.Aromas of vanilla, tangerine, and petrol. Medium-bodied with buttery tangerine and mineral flavors. Long length, moderately complex. Suggested pairing: fresh fish. Read More

    Wine review by juliecorc


  • Abacela Estate Tempranillo Southern Oregon Umpqua Valley 2006

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    Deep dark burgundy. Nice structure, medium tannins. Dark berries and cream, baking spice, cherry cola and a hint of vanilla on the nose. Medium-long finish. Round and full with a nice weight. Definitely could have aged longer. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Brandborg Riesling Umpqua Valley 2009

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    Sweet/tart on the nose with candied yet tart aromas of citrus framed with a woodsy almost vanilla note and some cherry candy elements. fairly dry in the mouth, this has plenty of body and comes off as feeling fairly powerful and rich while delivering a hint of apricot layered over deep mineral and slightly herbal flavors on the palate. Dusty an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Foris Riesling Rogue Valley 2011

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    Classic Riesling on the nose with an initial touch of candle wax followed by gentle honey, baked apple, lime leaf, herb and stone aromas. Vibrant right from the get go, you get a sense of some sweetness here in the body on the tongue but this is acid driven from the first sip. Very fresh and pure in style with apple, pear with a somewhat savory... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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